Up until recently, the concept of flying cars have been a pipedream – or the preserve of sci-fi movies set in the faraway future.
However, as technology edges us ever closer to The Jetsons, one eccentric inventor has taken us one step further – by inventing his very own flying drone car.
Kyxz Mendoza from Quezon City in the Philippines, started working on his epic invention six years ago in a bid to avoid traffic jams, and earlier this month he completed his first successful test flight, launching the vehicle 25ft above the ground.
As you’ll see in the video, the contraption is a little shaky – but Kyxz lifts the one-seater drone carhe calls the ‘Ultralight Aircraft’ above the ground with finesse.
And now that he’s accomplished getting it in the air, he’s set his sights on mass producing it with a two-seater range in a bid to get the innovation out to market.
The model he’s working with now is basically a larger drone, and is built with a metal frame and carbon fibre outer shell. Not only is it a sturdy contraption, but the aircraft is battery powered and can fly for 12 to 15 minutes from a 2.5 hour charge.
He said: “We’ve been having bad weather so it took us a while after our deadline before we can finally show it to our followers. But after two months of tuning, here it is. I hope everyone will give this vehicle a positive reaction. This was only a dream for us five years ago.”
Kyxz started out on his venture with the invention of a commercially-viable hoverboard. It was the hoverboard we’d all been waiting for – one that could actually lift its user off of the ground (without any wheels in sight).
While he enjoyed his first successful outdoor flight last year, the design of it evolved and took Kyxz to where he is now with this astonishing flying drone car.
Kyxz added: “It’s a flying car type of vehicle that uses drone technology or multi-copter technology to fly. It’s like a drone car.
“I wanted it to be a sports car, a flying Lamborghini, maybe. The design was a trial and error process. Some materials burned up on use. Other materials didn’t quite work.
“One of the main features is the battery redundancy system so even if one battery runs out, the aircraft can still maintain its flight.”
Koncepto Millenya – the group of entrepreneurs led by Kyxz – are now seeking bidders and investors to help bring the Ultralight Aircraft into the market for commercial distribution.
With any luck they’ll find their buyers sooner rather than later and we’ll all be dodging the commute in one of these bad boys in no time at all. Otherwise we’ll just have to resort to this guy’s solution and kayak our way to work to avoid the daily drudge. Here’s hoping it’s the former.
– DAISY PHILLIPSON for LADBIBLE