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Moller M200G Hover-Car In Production and Selling for ~$125k

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Click to viewMoller International, creators of that stunning red flyingcar prototype seen web-wide, has started production on the M200G, the consumer-ready derivative of the M200X volantor, and is readying the machine for the open market. Depending on engine costs, the M200G will cost between $90,000-$125,000. Video:

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According to the press release, the machine can hover 10 feet off the ground and cruises at a speed of 50 mph. Because the M200G is classified as a recreation device and not an aircraft, it is not subject to FAA regulations and anybody can operate one. No official release date has been announced.

[Paleo-Future via Wired]

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DISCUSSION

allstarecho (and anybody else who doesn't understand criticism of Moller):

before declaring everybody's statements asinine, you should probably understand what we're saying. Nobody is saying "OMG the crane is supporting it its fake!!!" — everybody sees slack in the line, and realizes it's a safety measure. A safety measure to prevent crashes in case something goes wrong...as you pointed out, and as the Discovery Channel Video on the website says, it's so Moller's insurance company will be happy. Probably because the insurance company demands that the prototype and it's driver are guaranteed a level of safety. That's all well and good, but:

What we're all saying is:

1) if they're trying to sell this to the public, and the only video they have is with cranes, how are we to know that it's safe enough for home use without a crane?

2) If I want to ensure my new flying car, will I be required to tether it to a crane too?

3) Is it actually safe (for more than a 2 minute video clip) without a crane?

4) If, as the press release and website say, this thing can zip along at 50mph while going over rough terrain, why are all the videos showing it putt-putting along at 2 miles per hour hovering above very flat terrain?

5) Why are all the videos apparently 20 years old? 6) Why are the videos all small and grainy?

7) If they're seriously trying to sell this now (ie: the press release), why haven't they got any new videos up?

Before criticizing those of us who lack confidence in Moller, it might help if you could actually provide a possible logical response to these questions.

With that said, I think most of us can agree on a few things though:

1) We'll have flying cars *eventually*

2) As somebody pointed out, the video on the site called "SkyCar Rescue" is hilarious

3) Moller is indeed likely a genius and a visionary, but

4) With only old, grainy videos of tethered skycars, there is no reason for any of us to have confidence that even a $125,000 flying car will be truly available from Moller anytime soon...

5) but we all probably hope that we're wrong about #4.