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Watch this all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

Andrew J. Hawkins
Watch this all-electric ‘flying car’ take its first test flight in Germany

Flying cars, that perennial dream for futurists that always seem to be at least five years away, may be a little closer to reality than we realize. Today, Munich-based Lilium Aviation announced an important milestone: the first test flight of its all-electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. In a video provided by the Munich-based startup, the aircraft can be seen taking off vertically like a helicopter, and then accelerating into forward flight using wing-borne lift.