This battery-powered flying car doesn’t require a pilot’s license to drive

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A new flying car that will soon be available to the market will apparently be operable without needing a flying license. Called the Jetson One, the single-seater car made in Sweden can travel at approximately 101.4 km/h, and can stay airborne for up to 20 minutes thanks to an in-built Tesla battery pack.

Of course, the no-license-flying thing currently applies to those living in the U.S., thanks to its laws and regulations, but as a concept, the vehicle does represent a very exciting development in the world of aviation and transportation – especially when you consider the fact that it’s slated to be released in 2023.

Built using aluminium space frames and carbon-kevlar, the car supposedly only weighs in at 86 kilograms, and is classified as an ultralight eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) craft, which is why it requires no license to operate.

As for electronics, there’s a three-axis joystick with a throttle lever for controls, a number of LIDAR sensors for tracking the terrain and avoiding obstacles, and the ability to hover hands-free.

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Impressively, the makers claim the the Jetson One can “recharge quicker than a smartphone”, making it a machine that you should be able to use for quick drives across short distances throughout the day.

If you want one, you’ll have to fork out a cool US$92,000 for a unit, which is actually pretty attainable and reasonable considering the novelty of the tech behind the concept.

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No doubt the car will mostly have interest from all around the world, but currently, the heaviest interest seems to stem from locales in the U.S. West Coast and the Middle East. However, we do expect that as such tech becomes more accessible and familiar to us, we may eventually even see such flying transportation machines become available in this part of the world.

The only obstacles that we’ll probably have to overcome will have to do with safety and public use.

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