The first flying electric vehicle being tested by Israeli start-up AIR is intended to lift commuters above congested traffic.
The AIR ONE flying car has been conducting unmanned flights over the desert area close to Beersheva.
The vehicle can fly 100 miles (160 km) on a single charge and is designed to accommodate two passengers, making it a viable choice for most Israelis who commute.
The vehicle is one of many eVTOLs (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) that will revolutionize transportation because they can take off and land practically anywhere.
The CEO and co-founder, Rani Plaut, referred to this as a significant milestone.
“Today, we switched to forward flight, bringing (near) the realization of our dream of mass manufacturing AIR ONE.”
Making flights with passengers on board is the next stage of testing for the airborne car, which is anticipated to hit the market at the end of 2024 with an initial starting price of $150,000.
The car-plane can travel at a top speed of 250 km/h, although at an altitude of 366 meters, the average speed is 100 mph (160 kph) (1200 feet).