The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft – a “flying car” – invented by Paul Moller who has been attempting to develop such vehicles for forty years.
The craft said to be currently under development, the M400, is purported to ultimately transport four people; single-seat up to six-seat variations are also planned and is described as a car since it is aimed at being a popular means of transport for anyone who can drive, incorporating automated flight controls, with the driver only inputting direction and speed required.
The Skycar demonstrated limited tethered flight capability in 2003 by hovering only. Scheduled tethered flight tests, which were to occur in mid-2006, were apparently canceled. Moller upgraded the Skycar’s engines in 2007, and the improved prototype is now called the “M400X” According to a 2008 article in the media, a prototype is supposed to be flying in 2012, with certified versions “a few years later”. Moller announced that a public test flight was scheduled for October 11, 2011 in Vacaville, CA. However, this flight was postponed in an announcement on September 27, 2011, with no further announcement of a date.
Moller International’s website claims that $100 Million has been spent in R & D at Moller International. The company is also developing a more advanced model called M600, with an intended capacity for 6 passengers or a payload of about 2000 lbs (900 kg).