Are we about to get our flying car at last? California-based Moller International says it wants to put the Autovolantor on the roads, and in the air, within the next two years. Meanwhile, another company hopes to have a zero-emissions car of the future on the road by 2009. But which one is more likely to turn you into a mangled pile of blood, bones and space-age propulsion systems? See for yourself. The flying car, the Autovolantor, is based on a Ferrari 599 GTB, but it has eight mounted engines that can generate upward thrust to lift you out of traffic jams and make parking a simple matter. A ten-year-old could fly the Autovolantor, says the company, which specializes in veritcal take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles. The bad news? They're waiting for millions and dollars in investment from a shadowy Russian business enterprise. The other bad news? It probably won't take long before that ten-year-old pilot (or grown-up pilot, for that matter) loses control and goes spiraling into a bridge.
Don't want a flying car that consumes tons of fuel and probably spits out tons of toxic fumes? You could always go to the other extreme, with the MDI Airpod, a tiny green buggy that uses a compressed-air engine to carry up to three people and a small child along. Our sister site Jalopnik revealed the "futuristic deathtrap" Airpod, which is just 81.5 inches long and 63 inches wide, just enough for passengers, compressed air tank and a joystick to steer you to your crumply doom. Yay! [NY Daily News and Jalopnik]