Flying cars are coming, but if you’re wondering whether you’ll need a pilot’s license to fly one, the answer is no.
Doroni has confirmed you will be able to fly its upcoming eVTOL, the H1, with a regular car license.
All you’ll need before you hop behind the wheel on your own is 20 hours of flight training.
Sounds pretty reasonable.
Revealed at the EAA AirVenture show in Wisconsin, the Miami-based company treated attendees to a simulated experience of the H1 using VR headsets.
Rather than build inner-city air taxis like many eVTOL makers, Doroni is targeting personal users with the H1.
That’s why it has been designed to be the size of a regular car; so it can fit in normal garages.
Doroni claims it will be more intuitive to fly than a helicopter or plane, meaning it will be far more accessible to the average driver.
The H1 is a two-seater that flies and moves using four large fans.
However, it uses wheels rather than fixed legs for landing so you can easily drive it into your garage to park for the night.
Doroni claims it will have a range of around 100km (62mi) on a single charge.
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Its typical cruise speed is 160km/h (100mph), but at full tilt it will hit 225km/h (140mph).
The H1 weighs 650kg (930lbs) by itself, and has a payload of 200kg (500lbs).
Doroni hopes to have a flying full-scale model ready by the end of 2022.
From there, it hopes to achieve FAA flight certification in 2024.
Delivery of the first six units is then slated for Q4 2024.
The company will accept 36 pre-orders with 19 build slots still available.
The H1 is priced from $150,000.