Lots of great speeches, interviews, and presentations are had at the annual South by Southwest festival.  A place where art and technology meet in one beautiful marriage.  One of those great talks involved the co-founder of AeroMobil, Juraj Vaculik.  This man has a mission, which involves fulfilling the Jetsons and Back To The Futre Part II depictions of everyone driving their very own flying automobiles.

It’s possible you may have seen some of those demos or animated videos teasing at the prospect, but AeroMobil has a real working prototype dubbed the AeroMobil 3.0.  It’s a personal aircraft that has the capability to fold-in its wings and drive on the road like a standard car.  This flying car is made possible thanks to its amazingly lightweight carbon-coated steel framework.  Capable of reaching 99mph on the road and 124mph in the sky.

This AeroMobil can actually work like the flying cars we all dream about, although the thought of darting in-between skyscrapers will probably always be a thing of fantasy, it can take off in the air on an empty roadway or field; only needing 650 feet to launch and a 160 foot patch to land.

The best part that makes this concept a reality is that it still runs on standard unleaded gasoline.  Sure, it will be an expensive, gas-guzzling excursion, but it’s definitely going to open doors for creative travel ideas with more freedom of last-minute travel ideas.

The prototype is going through flight trials right now. They’re already looking at the next evolution of travel, with the capability to drive and fly on auto-pilot.  It’s not too much of a leap from already existing technologies, auto-flying is standard, it’s just a matter of getting that auto-driving tech perfected and AeroMobil marrying those two together for the ultimate in futuristic luxury.

For now, you will need your pilot’s license to take off when the Flying Roadster takes off, requiring at least a sport pilot license, but the AeroMobil co-founder says a private pilot license is better, to really feel comfortable in such an unorthodox aircraft.

If you’re waiting for the bad news this whole time, well, of course you know not everyone is going to be flying these bad boys when they hit the market.  Unless, you have a few hundred thousand lying around.  Yes, flying cars will be in the same category as any other modest private plane, only much more personal and, arguably, much cooler.