The PAL-V One is a Dutch take on the flying car, and whereas its Terrafugia contemporary is more like a plane you can drive, the PAL-V One (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) is perhaps more accurately called a driving gyrocopter. According to the company, this flying Dutchman can reach terrestrial speeds of 112 miles per hour and its fuel economy checks in at 28 miles per gallon on the ground. Then once you've found a suitable place to take off, you unfold the auto-rotating main rotor, the gas-engine powered propeller extends, and you can take to the air. Max airspeed is also 112 mph, and airborn range is listed at 220-315 miles.

The PAL-V One has finished its maiden flight and is now working to secure investors for the commercialization phase – the company hopes to start delivering production models in 2014. Scroll below to watch video of the PAL-V one in action on its maiden voyage.



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      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know what all the the negativity is about. I think this thing is brilliant! It features so many clever pieces of mechanical engineering. I especially like the spring loaded folding propeller.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        yea, you have got to love that, and the collapsible main rotor section. Plus, they didn't slack on aesthetics either.
      Boost Retard
      • 2 Years Ago
      This seems so much more practical than the Terrafugia. And less ugly (Terrafuglia). Still, I would call neither a "Flying Car". Call me when we have the equivalent to the Spinner from Blade Runner.
      Number23
      • 2 Years Ago
      They made it 3 wheels so it could be classified as a motorcycle so as to avoid car crash / safety requirements. As a aircraft, I imagine it won't be able to operate in anything but the calmest weather conditions. So it really amounts to nothing more than an ultralight that can be driven on the street.
        fast156GTA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Number23
        Actually a autogyro can land with much stronger crosswinds than a plane because it has a rotating wing. No headwind is needed for landing, just a lot of wind and wing rotation. It is a very cleaver choice for this application.
      postpast
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the first flying car that looks like it might work commercially. Well done! Does anyone know if gyrocopters are as safe as helicopters?
      pontoppidanpete
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is brilliant !. I really want one.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pontoppidanpete
        I'll take one too.... if I had the money
      Cooper
      • 2 Years Ago
      can sum this up with one word .... WANT!
      PheelACCD
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing is awesome! Now if it could transform as it's driving... Anyone remembers Condor from the M.A.S.K cartoon? Check out the intro on Youtube: youtube. com/watch?v=M0BzBFWt8V8
        Hashiryu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PheelACCD
        lol, M.A.S.K was the first thing that came to mind.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      hmmm maybe we'll have flying cars in 2015 after all!
        BipDBo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter
        Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.
      TheDarkKnight
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a cool idea but I barely trust half of you guys in cars let alone flying above my head in some contraption with blade rotating around that can slice my head off. No thanks, nice concept.......keep it that way!
      Ryth
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a helicopter that can collapse itself into a 'car' type vehicle. Not even close to a flying car. A flying car will require a car...wait for it...that can fly in it's current configuration/design.
        David Hu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryth
        No, it doesn't. And what is "current configuration/design"? Cars today are designed and engineered to meet the demands and laws of the ROAD. To assume that it must be in a "car" configuration automatically rules out any reality of combining it with a flying vehicle. You can't package wings or rotors into any existing roadgoing car because they're not meant to. If the PAL-V is road legal, has 3 or more wheels (established by other cars in history), then it's a car. And since it flies, it's a "flying car."
          David Hu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Hu
          I meant to add "demands and laws of ONLY the ROAD."
          Ryth
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David Hu
          This is a what a flying car would look like (or what we have from Back to the Future). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7f1feSjDks Otherwise, all they are doing is taking a helicopter and giving it driving capabilities...which current helicopters even have in their current configurations..same with Airplanes...taxing down the runway. That doesn't make an airplane a flying car though.
        Number23
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryth
        It's not a helicopter, it's an autogyro. The rotors are unpowered.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      i always though a gyrocopter would be perfect for that. awesome
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        also much more sophisticated than this other thing. kudos to holland!
      SPcamert
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like that Carver One thing that was on Top Gear at one point. Very cool idea.
        Jay
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SPcamert
        Actually is based on it, the Carver One was also a dutch invention.
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