City of the Future: Dubai orders a fleet of 100+ PAL-V Liberty flying cars

Dubai-based company Avitera has ordered more than 100 flying cars that will transport residents of the world's luxury capital when they are in use in 2025

by Sededin Dedovic
City of the Future: Dubai orders a fleet of 100+ PAL-V Liberty flying cars
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Imagine a sleek two-seater that seamlessly transitions from a street-cruising car to an aircraft. PAL-V Liberty, the brainchild of the Dutch company PAL-V, embodies this visionary proposition. This ingenious machine boasts the agility of a car and the freedom of an airplane, offering unparalleled flexibility.

The company "Avitera" from Dubai has ordered more than 100 flying cars that will transport residents of the world capital of luxury when they are in use in 2025, at the latest in 2026. Dutch "PAL-V" will make and deliver two-seaters that can move around the country, but can also be turned into aircraft if necessary, to Dubai.

Muhanad Vada, general director of "Avitera", states that it is a car that can be parked in an ordinary parking lot. “You'll be able to drive it on the ground and you'll be able to turn this car into a flying vehicle within two minutes.

It needs a runway, that is, a 120-meter road to be able to take off and climb to a maximum of 3,400 meters. Upon landing, you can drive it like a normal car to your home or other destination. It will use the same fuel used for regular cars.

So it's like driving a car with an airplane engine on the road," Vada explained in an interview with Khaleej Times.

PAL-V PH-PAV is displayed at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show on March 7, 2018 in Geneva© Robert Hradil / Getty Images

By taking to the skies, flying cars have the potential to significantly alleviate the congestion that plagues modern cities.

This air change could drastically reduce travel times within urban centers.
Flying cars are a compelling solution, enabling fast connections to remote locations that remain inaccessible by car or public transportation. Consider going effortlessly from your downtown apartment to a secluded beach retreat for a weekend getaway.

Fuel efficiency is a key consideration when evaluating new modes of transportation. The PAL-V Liberty uses readily available gasoline, similar to conventional cars. This, together with lower operating costs compared to helicopters, paints a promising picture for sustainable urban mobility.

With a range of 500 kilometers and a maximum speed of 180 kilometers per hour, this flying car shortens the travel time to work or any other destination. "PAL-V Liberty", known as the world's first real flying car because it is a combination of a gyroplane and a car, solves the need to travel independently of congested roads and improves travel flexibility.

Strict safety regulations and rigorous pilot training programs are paramount. Ensuring the safe integration of flying cars into existing airspace is critical, as it requires cooperation between aviation authorities, urban planners and the flying car industry.

Dubai has almost signed a contract with the American company "Joby Aviation" to manage the air taxi sector for the next six years. It is clear that Dubai wants to be a leader in this form of transportation that is still in its infancy.

Cities will have to adapt to accommodate this new dimension of transportation. Establishing designated landing and take-off zones with robust air traffic management systems will be essential. The government has announced that their flying cars will initially be used for private and government use.

Pal-V flying car is displayed during the second press day at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show© Robert Hradil / getty Images

"We expect that this flying car will be presented at the end of 2025 or during 2026, which depends on the certification process by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of the UAE", said the director of "Avitera", specifying that the vehicles will first undergo certification by the International Association for Aviation traffic.

Muhanad Wada said that the vehicle will cost almost 10 percent of the helicopter ride, and the operating costs will also not exceed 10 percent of the value of the helicopter. Dubai's experiment with flying cars represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of urban mobile life.

As the technology matures and regulations are established, the potential applications extend far beyond luxury travel, and the possibilities are endless. This revolutionary technology has the potential to reshape the very structure of our cities, making them more efficient and dynamic.

Flying cars could revolutionize emergency medical services, enabling rapid transport of critically ill patients to medical facilities. The speed and efficiency of flying cars could revolutionize logistics and delivery services, enabling fast and efficient transportation of goods within urban areas.

However, one important question will remain unanswered until these vehicles are in full use. Assessing the environmental impact of using flying cars on a large scale will be crucial. Although it has been announced that it will release less emissions into the air than a regular car, detailed testing will be required for that.