A flying car developed by Alef Aeronautics has got a legal approval from the US government. The company has received a Special Airworthiness Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
In a statement, the company said that the FAA is working on its policies for electrical vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, as well as governing interactions between eVTOLs and ground infrastructure.
Alef’s Special Airworthiness Certificate, thus, limits the locations and purpose for which Alef is permitted to fly.
The flying car is 100% electric, can be driven on roads, has vertical take-off and landing capabilities and can carry one or two occupants. It is priced at about $300,000 (approximately Rs. 2.46 crore). The car can fly over traffic and accidents on roadways.
Alef Aeronautics hopes to deliver the flying cars to customers by the end of 2025. The company said that 440 of its vehicles have been pre-ordered from both people and companies.
The flying car is being developed to drive on urban and rural roads and can be parked in regular-sized parking garages. It will not go faster than 25 miles per hour (approximately 40.23 km).