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The Future Is Now - Introducing The Flying Car


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A "flying saucer" that glides three metres above the ground and carries two people has gone into commerical production.

 

US company Moller International has begun to manufacture parts for its Jetsons-like personal flying pod, the M200G Volantor.

 

The M200G is the size of a small car and is designed to take off and land vertically.

 

Company founder Dr Paul Moller calls the craft "the ultimate off-road vehicle" as it is able to travel over any surface.

 

"It's not a hovercraft, although its operation is just as easy," said the aeronautical engineering boffin.

 

"You can speed over rocks, swampland, fences, or log-infested waterways with ease because you're not limited by the surface."

 

 

The craft was inspired by The JetsonsThe flying saucer is designed to fly at an altitude of up to three metres, where it benefits from extra lift created by a cushion of air - known as ground effect.

 

This allows the M200G to glide over terrain at 50mph, powered by eight of the company's Rotapower rotary engines.

 

Moller International has not arranged for training or licensing requirements to operate the vehicle.

 

But it is prepared to offer demonstration sessions at its California base once the vehicle is ready for market.

 

The company has said the price for its M200G could start as low as

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I was wondering if the Moller Car would ever get off the ground. I think his earlier model was built to take off and land at airports and actually fly at a decent altitude.

 

 

It was, and it had four engines, each driving a ducted fan nacelle. Problem is that if one quite it would almost certainly ensure death. Let's ride!

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most people can't drive a car. I can only imagine if they were all floating around in these things

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a poll back in 2005. 68% of drivers surveyed about their driving skills said they were either 'better than average' or 'much better than average'.

 

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a poll back in 2005. 68% of drivers surveyed about their driving skills said they were either 'better than average' or 'much better than average'.


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I think bass players would do about the same. I, for one, have not fooled myself.

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It was, and it had four engines, each driving a ducted fan nacelle. Problem is that if one quite it would almost certainly ensure death. Let's ride!

 

Yea, I look at the constant repairs I'm doing to my HobbyZone Super Cub and realize I'm not ready(!) to fly a vehicle yet. At least, I wouldn't want to be in a plane I was flying. I (mostly) have the flying down, it's the landing without cartwheeling I haven't figured out yet. :D

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a poll back in 2005. 68% of drivers surveyed about their driving skills said they were either 'better than average' or 'much better than average'.


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Yeah, but if 'average' is horrible, then what are these people really saying? We drive a little bit better than horribly? Not to mention the math (or maybe that was your point): If 68% of drivers are better than average, then aren't they just average? :)

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