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You can now buy a flying car for $92,000

You can now buy a flying car for $92,000 — and you don’t need a pilot’s license to operate it.

On October 21, Sweden’s Jetson Aero launched the Jetson One, a single-seat flying car with 20-minute flight times and a top speed of about 63 mph. It has already sold all 12 of the electric vehicles in its first production run (to be delivered in fall 2022), and it’s now taking orders for 2023.
The vehicles will be delivered about 50% assembled, and customers must finish putting them together themselves.

That’s how Jetson is getting around the need for pilot’s licenses — they aren’t required for homebuilt single-seater aircraft. This approach makes the builder — not Jetson — responsible for any accidents, which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
The Jetson One can’t be flown at night, over city traffic, or in restricted air space, either, so right now it’s more like a really expensive, really cool toy than an alternate transportation option.

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