Back in March of 2015, I wrote a blog post proclaiming that I would "literally eat the Sun" if this AeroMobil flying car was released by 2017. Well, today, the company announced a new flying car that will be on display later this month. But I'm not grabbing my knife and fork just yet.
AeroMobil's latest flying car concept, which the company promises to make available for pre-order soon (Image: AeroMobil)
Flying car companies are an interesting racket. They will often build a prototype to entice investors and "pre-orders" from consumers, claiming that their vehicle will be ready for sale in a short while -- usually two years.
We constantly read that the flying car is just two years away. In fact, we've been hearing this for decades. So who's promising one this week? A little company called AeroMobil, whose CEO made a big splash at South by Southwest with his announcement of a release by 2017. But if the AeroMobil flying car is released in the US within the next two years I will literally eat the sun.
So when AeroMobil announced in 2015 that the company would be releasing its flying car by 2017, I pledged to literally eat the Sun if it came out. We're now roughly a quarter of the way through the year, and AeroMobil hasn't released its car to consumers. But the company has made some shiny new renders of their latest version.
AeroMobil's latest flying car concept, which the company promises to make available for pre-order soon (AeroMobil)
The new AeroMobil flying car will reportedly be on display at the Top Marques Monaco on 20 April 2017. And it looks sleek as hell. But consumers won't be able to buy one just yet.
Check out the bottom of the press release:
The future is here. Next generation of AeroMobil will be available for pre-orders during this year.
Ah, yes, pre-orders. Those things that flying car companies make available and have continued to push off indefinitely for a century or so. It would appear that AeroMobil is now smart enough not to claim that they're "just two years away", but showing off your car for pre-orders isn't the same thing as bringing a flying car to market.
I think my stomach is safe for now.