Your Very Own Flying Car!
Just in case you don't already have one in your garage -- right next to your household robot and your raygun collection -- you can log on to eBay this Friday and partake in a bidding war for the prototype Moller Skycar. It may be worth pointing out that you need to be a certified bidder, and ready to pay around $2 million ... which is what the company expects the auction will bring. For that, you get a one-of-a-kind "flying" machine, complete with command software, double-redundant stability system, fly-by-wire controls and eight unique Rotapower engines. The Skycar is designed to carry four average-sized passengers and take off and land vertically, while being small enough to be driven on the street. It is designed to fly at a top speed of 380 mph with a range of 900 miles. Design figures aside, "the aircraft has been flown only to an altitude of approximately 40 feet." The prototype is currently configured for a single pilot, and has "flown" twice. It's classified as an experimental aircraft and is not approved for road use. But hey, it's a bargain at $2 million, when you consider that Moller International spent about $200 million on its development. And won't it look cool in your driveway?