Alef is a step closer to making flying cars a reality since its recent receipt of a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The idea of a flying car was conceived in 2015, by Alef’s founders. A prototype was launched in late 2022.
The certificate allows Alef to test fly the electric car. Alef will start production and delivery of flying cars in late 2025.
This post is based on the CBS News article, California company receives FAA certification for flying car, by Irina Ivanova, July 4, 2023, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: kolesinibimitresku/Shutterstock
1. How does Alef’s flying car demonstrate the relationship between technology and product innovation?
Guidance: Advances in aerospace and electric car technologies, coupled with the need for sustainable and time-saving commutes, are helping propel the idea of flying cars to reality, potentially revolutionizing air and land travel.
Alef’s flying car is environmentally friendly as it is powered by electricity. Besides being an electric street-legal car with a driving range of 200 miles, it can take off vertically and fly in any direction through the air with a flying range of 110 miles.
2. What are the key product design activities of Alef’s flying car?
Guidance: The key product design activities of Alef’s flying car are idea generation and prototyping. The idea of a flying car comes from customers’ unmet need for time-saving and sustainable commutes.
Prototyping is basically a proof of concept of the flying car. During this phase, a physical model of the flying car will be constructed and tested to demonstrate the idea is feasible and viable.