|Is it a flying car or a driving aircraft? Either way, the Personal Air
and Land Vehicle, or PAL-V for short, has just proved it can handle the
skies as well as the highway, both at up to 180 kilometres per hour,
according to its Dutch developers.
The PAL-V is a gyrocopter that can fly as far as 500 kilometres at an
altitude of up to 1,200 metres. When it lands, it tucks away its
rotor-blades and turns into a road-legal three-wheeled vehicle with a
range of 1,200 kilometres.
In development since 2008, the first commercial models of the
arrow-shaped PAL-V are expected to go on sale in 2014 at EUR
If the PAL-V sounds like the perfect getaway vehicle from a traffic jam,
there is a hitch - it requires 165 metres of runway to take off, 30
metres to land and can only be flown from airports.