The Future Is Here
We may earn a commission from links on this page

Here's your flying car — just don't try to drive it

We may earn a commission from links on this page.

Israeli engineering firm Urban Aeronautics has released footage of the AirMule (their flying fan-car) in action. It's not quite airworthy yet, but all of you trendy first adopters are undoubtedly building teflon-and-bubble-wrap-lined flight suits to cruise crash around your neighborhood.

Even though it's actually a drone and the designers at Urban Aeronautics still have to work out some kinks with its steering and stability, they plan to attach robotic arms to the AirMule, perhaps in a tacit attempt to emulate the Man of Steel's Supermobile:

[A] planned variant of AirMule [will] be equipped with remotely operated robotic arms. The trigger for this are recent approaches by operators of helicopters used for power line maintenance work, by agencies responsible for the safety of nuclear reactors and utility companies looking for inspection of very large structures, all asking whether AirMule could provide a solution for hovering for an extended period of time next to a structure that needs inspection or maintenance, and actually perform such operations using remotely controlled manipulator arms. Examples could include replacing damaged insulators on power lines, pumping heavy water into pools covering uranium rods inside damaged nuclear reactors, fixing leaking pipes or repairing areas under bridges or marine structures that have suffered corrosion damage.


Still, those of you who wish to pull an Elroy Jetson you should invest in some heavy-duty, Troy James Hurtubise-approved driving suits. Danger Room is comparing this to Luke Skywalker's landspeeder — I'm getting more of a StarFox stage boss vibe.