PAL-V Flying Car Nearing Production! We're Totally Serious! No, Really!

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It's a Carver. Wait, it's a gyroscope. No, it's both. It's called the PAL-V and it stands for Personal Air and Land Vehicle and it's supposedly going to be built very soon by a company named PAL-V Europe BV. What we think is it looks like it's the next flying car nearing production we fear will never end up being built. Based on the Carver One tri-wheel car, the PAL-V supposedly will use the same Dynamic Vehicle Control (DVC) system that keeps the Carver going straight and true in turns. That system automatically adjusts the tilt angle of the cockpit to the speed and acceleration of the vehicle enabling what the folks behind this device-to-never-be call "a plane-like tilting before cornering." That's great and all — but how does it fly? Simple — all they need to do is drop a set of gyrocopter blades on top. Sure, why not? Jeez — why do we continue to follow this dream...


...when all these companies just continue to tease us? Whether it's Moller and their amazing UFO flying disc-car supposedly entering production, the X-Hawk supposedly ready to be ready by 2009 or the sweetly tantalizing finds of Google Earth — we just end up getting our hopes up and then have them dashed like leaves in the backwash of a jet engine. Heck, we even got all excited about GM's flying car marketing campaign — if only as an escapist fantasy. Maybe we shouldn't be getting so down on ourselves — we mean, Good Morning America just covered the Moller — maybe it really will be built. Yeah, we'll believe it when one's parked outside our door. [PAL-V]



I love flying cars as much as the next guy - and I'd get my helicopter license just to get one of these, but I think we can safely say that this will never happen. Unlike other efforts to create flying vehicles, this is much more complex from an engineering standpoint, and of course raises so many more issues from a licensing and flight certification standpoint that it's a complete pipe-dream.