A flying car is an idea that has long been featured in science fiction literature and movies. Although it has fascinated human imagination and led to many prototypes being built over the last century, no flying car has yet been available commercially. But now Dutch firm PAL-V has announced that it has officially started sales of a flying car. Dubbed PAL-V Liberty, the world’s first commercially available flying car is now available to order with first deliveries expected to begin in late 2018.

PAL-V had already done testing programmes for its concept vehicles in 2009 and 2012, following which it started work on production vehicles. The company claims its flying car has been engineered, designed and built with proven technologies and is fully compliant with existing regulations, which apparently has given it an edge over its rivals.

“After years of hard work, beating the technical and qualification challenges, our team succeeded in creating an innovative flying car that complies with existing safety standards, determined by regulatory bodies around the world,” says Robert Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V.

The PAL-V Liberty has been designed in collaboration with “leading Italian design agencies” and features a dual engine propulsion that, according to the manufacturer, increases its safety. It says while driving, the lowered suspension and tilting “cockpit” adds to its “sports car feel.”

“Later in 2017 we will start building a preproduction series followed by the manufacturing of the first PAL-V Libertys for our early 'pioneer' clients. Deliveries of road and air certificated models are scheduled by the end of 2018. This truly is a pivotal time in aviation and mobility history," adds Dingemanse.

The product has already been presented to selected clients in Canada, USA, Mexico and Bermuda.