60 years ago, The Jetsons appeared in the TV to present a world of wonders of the future. The robots they did everything for themselves, houses in the sky, video callsand of course, cars flyers.
While much has become a part of many people’s daily lives thanks to roomba vacuum cleaners, face time and all the huge buildings that have been built in Dubai, there is still another side.
Therefore, in 1970, the German company Taylor Aerocar demonstrated the benefits that an invention of this style could bring to people’s daily lives. For this they tested Aerocar, a flying car that, with a strange design, allows taking off, flying and landing without too much difficulty.
It is the BBC that has shown the world this invention. on his channel YoutubeBBC Archive, They published a video where you can see the Aerocar in action.
The video begins: “Traffic delay has become the classic metaphor for utter frustration.” Anticipating an invention with revolutionary intentions. At that moment, the car seen in the video took off, as the rest of the people waiting stuck in city traffic looked on in amazement.
Other Aerocar specifications
Aerocar is the closest thing that has been seen when a helicopter and a car are combined. Although their wheels are smaller than those of conventional cars, they do a good job of parking the Aerocar and moving it through sections where it can’t with its giant propellers.
The same engine 260 horsepower, capable of moving the wings of a helicopter, it can also be used to drive the wheels of the car through a system of hydraulic drive. Therefore, the BBC explains in the video that the Aerocar can only reach speeds of 70.42 km/h, due to the risk of damaging the propeller system.
According to BBC information, the Aerocar can reach a altitude of 3,800 meters, climbing 3 meters per second. He is also able to move outdoors with a top speed of 188 km/h. Not bad for such an early invention.
Driving the Aerocar seems to be a different experience than anyone could do at the time. Instead of using the classic steering wheel, the car used levers. This, along with its odd design, makes the Aerocar easier to maneuver in the air than it is on the ground.
A key point in its design are the propellers. These can be lined up and fastened with some type of seat belt, to avoid accidents on the road. In addition to that, there is a warning sign that tells other drivers that your car is not like other cars.
According to the builder, the Aerocar has been designed to have the functionality of a helicopter, but at half the price. On the other hand, depending on the configuration of the flying car, users should be able to carry between two and five people. As can be guessed, the invention was not successful. Only 6 Aerocars were built and they finally entered the museum.
And it’s easy to see why the Aerocar didn’t become the next evolutionary step for cars. Two giant propellers in the middle of the road, in addition to being elements that attract attention, they could also greatly hamper driving. Just imagine a fleet of Aerocars, with all the blades colliding and getting entangled in the middle of a jam.