BY: Michelle Liew
A company in South Africa has created a flying car that can land and fly vertically (VTOL) to facilitate human movement in the future.
Named the Macrobat, the electric-powered vehicle is still in the prototype stage. The vehicle looks like a giant bird and has the same wings and ‘legs’ as the animal.
Macrobats are reportedly capable of flying as far as 150 kilometres at a speed of 179 km per hour.
According to the company that produced the innovation, Phractyl, they are serious about making the Macrobat a reality and plan to start using it as a vehicle in the African region.
“The main focus of this flying vehicle is to overcome the challenges in the critical transportation system in Africa.
“This includes facilitating the movement of people to areas that are not accessible using conventional land vehicles, “said a statement from the company.
Macrobat can be piloted by a driver or used as a drone via a remote-control system.
It can be used to pick up passengers or deliver cargo.
For the long term, Phractyl aims to turn the Macrobat into an air taxi for commercial purposes.