China bought the European technology for making flying cars

Hebei Jianxin Flying Car Technology Company, headquartered in Changzhou, has purchased the exclusive rights to manufacture and use the ErCar.

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A Chinese company bought the flying car technology, originally developed and successfully tested in Europe.

In 2021, ErKar, with a BMW engine and powered by conventional fuel, flew for 35 minutes between two Slovakian airports, using the airstrip for takeoff and landing.

It took just over two minutes to transform from car to plane.

Now, vehicles based on his design will be used within a "specific geographic region" of China.

Habey Jiaxin Flying Car Technologies Company (Hebei Jianxin Flying Car Technology Company), based in Changzhou, has purchased the exclusive rights to manufacture and use ErKar.

The company built its own airport and flight school after a previous acquisition from another Slovakian aircraft manufacturer, said Anton Zajac, co-founder of KleinVižn, the company that created ErKar.

KleinVision declined to say how much it sold the technology for.

Since she led the revolution in development of electric vehicles, China is now actively developing air transport programs.

Last month, the company Autoflight conducted a test flight of a drone to transport passengers between the cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

The trip, which takes three hours by car, was completed in 20 minutes, it said>

However, there were no passengers in the aircraft during the test run.

Last year, the relevant authorities issued a safety certificate to the Chinese company eHang for its electric flying taxi.

The British government previously said that flying taxis could become a regular feature in the skies by 2028.

But unlike drone-like passenger planes, ErKar requires a runway to take off and land.

In 2022, the Slovak Transport Authority issued a permit to ErKar to fly.

Watch the video: Test drive of a flying car

There are still significant obstacles for this form of traffic, primarily in terms of infrastructure, regulation and general acceptance of new technology.

"This brave new world of personal transportation seems great," says aviation expert Steve Wright.

He believes that China has an advantage over the West, where various things can slow down the development of this type of transport.

A similar concern once applied to electric cars - in which China has become a leader in the global market.

The sale of Slovakia's ErKar could raise the question of whether China is ready to do the same with flying cars.

Wright said that while prototypes like AirCar are "a lot of fun," the reality will likely end up being more mundane "with lines and baggage checks and all that."

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