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A California start-up is promising a flying car by 2025. Alef Aeronautics from the San Francisco Bay Area wants to start delivering its 300-thousand-dollar Model A flying car to customers by end of that year.Alef is already taking deposits from potential customers. It costs 150-dollars to get on the waiting list and 15-hundred dollars for a priority spot on the list. The company's CEO says building a flying car is no more complicated than a Toyota Corolla. Alef says will be able to take off into the air vertically and fly like a helicopter up to 110 miles on a single charge.
Alef CEO Jim Dukhovny tells CNBC Make It that "the car is mostly intended to stay on roads, ideally only traveling through the air for short heights and distances to avoid specific obstacles. He refers to those moments as “hop” scenarios, “where the customer mainly uses the vehicle as a car, and only ‘hop’ over the obstacles when needed.”
In a statement in October, Dukhovny referenced “road conditions, weather and infrastructure” as potential reasons to briefly take flight.
It’s a bold concept. But for a flying car to actually appear on highways anytime soon, a lot needs to happen, experts say.