The US Government has granted legal permission for Alef Aeronautics’ flying automobile to take to the skies. According to aviation law firm Aero Law Centre, the car manufacturer declared that it has earned a Special Airworthiness Certification from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A vehicle of this kind has never before been certified in the US.
“The FAA is actively working on its policies for electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, as well as governing interactions between eVTOLs and ground infrastructure,” Alef Aeronautics stated in a statement.
“Alef’s Special Airworthiness Certificate, therefore, limits the locations and purpose for which Alef is permitted to fly,” the statement added.
The flying automobile, which has its base in San Mateo, California, is entirely electric and has seating for one or two people. According to Fox News, the automobile, which costs about $300,000, can fly over stalled traffic.
In October 2022, the business revealed two functional full-size technology demonstrator cars as well as a full-sized sports car. Over 440 of the business’s vehicles had been pre-ordered, according to the company, “from both individual and corporate consumers,” in January.
By the end of 2025, the corporation wants to start giving flying automobiles to clients, according to sources.