It has been called the vehicle of the future and the ultimate way to beat the rush hour commute.It is the M 200G, otherwise known as a “flying saucer”, which is being built by a company in Davis, California called Moller International.
It says the futuristic contraption will go on sale in a few months and hopes to expand production to 250 a year.
Company representatives say it is easy to operate, with plenty of leg room and space for a passenger.
Capable of vertical take-off and landing, the craft – so far a one-off prototype – hovers like a helicopter up to 10ft off the ground. Any higher and the driver would need a pilot’s licence.
It is the brainchild of Dr Paul Moller, an aeronautics engineer who envisions a “highway in the sky” which he believes could cut conventional commuter traffic in half.
“We have this wonderful natural resource above us,” Dr Moller told the BBC.
“Look at the sky above us – how many aircraft do you see? It’s a great space that is not being utilised. That is what we plan to use. Cars are finished as a means of getting around. It’s only a matter of time.”
The flying saucer is powered by eight engines which can run on petrol, diesel or even ethanol.