Airborne cars have been a common sci-fi trope, planted firmly in the realm of fiction. Slovakian company AeroMobil is set to present a production-ready prototype of its Flying Roadster later this month; it can run on a single tank of gas for 430 miles, and tops out at 124 mph in the air. So Jetsons age is coming soon near you.
“In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it to tank at any gas station, it is fully accustomed to road traffic and as a plane it could both take off and land at any airport in the world,” reads the company website.
AeroMobil is not alone: U.S. company Terrafugia has also built a prototype, which is slated for production in 2016 and will cost around $300,000. A hundred people have already pre-ordered the vehicle, and they will need to have a pilot license and pass a flying test to drive it. It’s a big investment, but that’s the price of having your childhood dream come to life.