is on to something that may make humanitarian missions easier in remote or hostile territory: a flying car. And it's not the traditional pipe-dream commuter appliance that never quite makes it beyond a pile of promises and pleas for investor dollars. Instead, it's relatively inexpensive (around $94,000, estimated—a lot cheaper than a helicopter) and frankly not very sexy. That might make it perfect for real-world use.
The BBC put together a podcast that explains a bit more about the ITEC Maverick, which has been overlaid onto some footage of the ITEC prototypes in action:
As the video mentions, the overall range of the ITEC prototype is about 120 miles from its 17-gallon tank. On the ground, it gets about 25 mph, and it has about 3 hours endurance in the air burning 5-6 gallons an hour at its 40 mph airborne top speed (limited by the airfoil it uses for lift).
ITEC's own mission isn't purely humanitarian—as missionaries, they are partially developing the Maverick for missionary use. But the overlapping capability requirements mean that the Maverick, and other similar non-fixed-wing designs (like the ) may appeal to humanitarian aid groups operating in remote or otherwise inaccessible terrain.
Staying away from fixed-wing designs and seeking specialty customers might be the best chance for flying cars to progress beyond the vaporware stage—and if they can help people in distress, all the better.