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Self-driving cars are a no-go, let’s pretend flying cars are coming

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Some decades ago we were expecting that by now we’d be comfortably riding in our own self-driving car. Clearly, that didn’t happen, but, folks, don’t despair. We have the world’s first all-electric flying race car.

Do we really need a flying race car? Well, I think not, but in any case meet the Airspeeder MK3 that made today its first flight over the deserts of South Australia.

The Alauda Airspeeder Mk3, defined by the company as a full-sized remotely-operated electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL), weighs 100kg and can fly at speeds over 120 kilometers per hour. 

Matthew Pearson, the founder of Alauda Aeronautics that built the vehicle, explained that it will be flown in a Formula One–style series of races, with up to 10 aircraft flying at the same time. Three races will take place later in 2021, in locations yet to be announced.

Credit: Airspeeder