Jetsons-esque “flying cars”? Central Florida is building a hub to get passengers from Orlando to Tampa in half an hour


The country’s first regional hub for “flying cars” is being built in central Florida. Once completed in five years, the vehicles can take passengers from Orlando to Tampa in half an hour, officials said on Wednesday.

The Tavistock Development Corp. said it is building a Jetsons-like aerospace facility in Orlando’s Lake Nona area, the proposed mixed-use community it has built. Nona Lake is already home to several medical and research facilities.

The aircraft will be supplied by Lilium, a Germany-based aviation company that makes the industry’s only “electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft” with five passengers. At the moment, the Lilium Jets can travel up to 298 kilometers on a one-hour charge.

Passengers wishing to take a plane ride can book reservations through their phones, much like Uber and Lyft ridesharing.

The vehicles that fly and land from Lake Nona Vertiport have space for four passengers and a pilot. The cost will be similar to a top notch, though the price will likely go down as the service becomes more popular, officials said.

In contrast to airplanes and helicopters, the vehicles offer, at least in principle, a fast point-to-point journey. You’ve gotten rid of the hassle of airports and traffic jams.

According to experts, battery sizes, air traffic control, and other infrastructure issues are among the many potential challenges in commercialization. Experts compare the craze for flying cars to the days when the aviation industry began with the Wright brothers and the auto industry began with the Ford Model T.

Lake Nona Vertiport has applied for approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation.

(This story was posted from a wire agency feed with no text changes. Only the headline was changed.)

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Janet Smith