A Russian Car That Can Fly? One Russian Company Is Working On One
It’s a nice thought, but I’d wager on flying pigs being closer to realityby Kirby Garlitos, on
History has had a long love affair with the flying car. We’re no closer to realizing that dream, but that hasn’t stopped some people from shooting for the stars. Companies like Terrafugia and AeroMobil have ventured into developing one to varying degrees of success. Now you can add Yagalёt to the list. If you don’t know who or what this company is, you’re not alone. Yagalёt is a Russian company that has grand visions of being one of the first companies in the world to develop a flying car. We literally have no details on how it plans to go about doing it, but we do have a single rendering of a sports car that features hovercraft technology, or so that’s what Yagalёt claims. It’s a nice dream to see flying cars roam the friendly skies. But, until there are concrete advancements in technology that will push the concept of a flying car closer to reality, it’d be best to take this news with a grain of salt.
The Russian company’s vision for flying cars revolves around the use of current hovercraft technology that can deploy at the simple push of a button
I’m not the only one who has envisioned driving a car that can fly. I’m sure some of you have had that same dream. Who hasn’t, right? But let’s face it: flying cars are about as close to reality as levitating shoes, and I don’t see advancements on the latter either.
I will give Yagalёt credit for being ambitious enough to let the world know of its plans. Apparently, the Russian company’s vision for flying cars revolves around the use of current hovercraft technology that can deploy at the simple push of a button. When the tech is active, the car immediately lifts off the ground, giving it “low flying height.” It’s not exactly the textbook definition of flying, but it is something that Yagalёt can hang its babushkas on. Ultimately, it’s not going to matter if it’s flying, hovering, or barely clearing the surface. So long as it clears the ground in some form or fashion, I’d say that’s a win for the ambitious Russian automaker.
But I’m not going to get too excited either. I’ve seen a lot of other companies with far better resources at their disposal fail in their own pursuit of developing a flying car. Until Yagalёt can prove otherwise, I’m not bullish about its chances either. Still, it’s nice to dream about the possibilities, no matter how much of a long-shot some of them are.
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