Elon Musk, a Billionaire entrepreneur and the owner of Tesla, is set to combine the efforts from his two biggest firms to tackle one of the greatest challenges of technology: building a flying car.
On a tweet that was posted on Twitter last Wednesday night, the chief executive of Tesla said that the next Roadster vehicle of the company will be able to hold itself in mid-air, as well as travel both horizontally and vertically, easily managing a quarter of a mile in less than eight seconds.
Musk also runs Space X, a commercial rocket firm. He explained that the Roadster will be adapted to use a Space X cold gas thruster system in order to power the new mode of travel, removing the use of the two rear seats in the car in order to make rooms for more space.
This is not the first time that Elon Musk has hinted that the Tesla Roadster will have the ability to fly. In 2018, Musk said that there will be a SpaceX option package that is available for the Tesla Roadster with ten small rocket thrusters that will “dramatically improve acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering” and potentially “allow a Tesla to fly.”
Whether the car would be arriving by 2022 as a Twitter user suggests is another matter. Last Thursday morning, Musk admitted that some of the more innovative technology of Tesla is facing a rough reception from international regulators.
The Summon+ feature is a feature where a user can order their car to drive towards them like an autonomous valet service in a car park. It is going through final validation in the US.
Musk said, however, that some regions may never see the feature, after “getting some regulatory pushback” from the authorities.
In the United States of America, customers that registered on the early access programme will be able to test the feature within a few weeks.