Lilium's all-electric 'flying car' can travel at speeds of up to 300kph

The future is here
by Drei Laurel | Apr 24, 2017

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Jetpacks, drones, smart watches, automated households, and so on, and so on. Over the past few years and with the advancement of technology, more than a handful of Jetson-esque gizmos and gadgets have leapt into the realm of reality. 

The one thing we'd actually give a hoot about is, where the hell are the flying cars? If, like us, you're scratching your head over why humanity's personal transports are still firmly rooted on the ground, watch the video above and take solace in the idea that someone's doing something about it.

Munich-based company Lilium's two-passenger Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) prototype jet has just completed its maiden test flight, and we don't blame you if you're giddy. As you can see, it's a legitimate flight—it doesn't hover, it doesn't glide, it's actually flying. It's called the Lilium Jet, and it might just be the future of personal on-demand transport.

The Lilium Jet is all-electric, low noise (less noise than a motorcycle, the company says), has a range of 300km, and a top speed of 300kph (London to Paris in one hour). The plan is for the vehicle to become an 'air taxi' of sorts, letting you book one to a nearby landing pad via phone.

Okay, we don't see any of this in the video. And technically if these do take to the air en masse one day, we might have trouble actually calling them 'flying cars.' But man, if that's not a sight to behold up there, then we don't know what is.

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