Filipino Invents Flying Car: Say Hello to the Koncepto Milenya
Don’t look now–but a Filipino just invented a “flying car-like device” that he’s planning to mass produce any time now. Personally, we think it’s really more of a cross between a Star Wars battle droid and a Guardians of the Galaxy mini spaceship–but hey, to each his own. However, in the case of its inventor, Kyxz Mendiola, he describes this promising vehicle an “ultralight aircraft that kind of looks like a flying car.”
“It’s sort of like a flying car that uses drone or multi-copter technology para makalipad (to fly). Parang drone siya na sasakyan (It’s a vehicle that’s like a drone),” Mendiola said in an interview.
Named “Koncepto Milenya,” this one-seater “flying car” can only stay up in air for 15 minutes. It also takes around 2.5 hours to recharge the batteries, so yes–forget those long trips to the province for now. Eventually, this might be the case after a decade or so, but in the near future, it would probably serve its purpose as a vehicle you’d turn to when you know you’d be stuck in traffic–and extremely pressed for time.
When asked how much he spent on building it, Mendiola said he invested millions of pesos in the vehicle. He also invested a lot of time in designing and building it to where it is now: six years.
“Gusto ko parang sports car. Mala-Lamborghini na lumilipad. ‘Yung design, trial and error siya eh. Katulad ng paraan ng pag hanap ko ng mga piyesa (I want it to be like a sports car. Like a Lamborghini that flies. It’s design came from trial and error. Like how I sourced out its parts. At first, it caught fire. Then I bought the wrong parts.),” Mendoza recalled.
Yes, we have to admit it flies far more than it takes for us to even gulp down a big Mac with large fries. The charging time is quite satisfactory, although we think it needs a couple of major tweaks to make it commercially-viable. But still, think of the potential here: it can fly you to your destination and help you avoid traffic at short trips. Now, let’s just wait a couple of years before Mendoza increases its flying time to an hour (at least). That would certainly beat our record for the longest time we performed a traditional sit-up in eight reps, three sets. (Don’t judge.)
Here’s a video of Koncepto Millenya in action: