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Flying cars set to take to the skies in outback Coober Pedy

Like a scene straight out of Mad Max, flying cars are set to grace the South Australian outback in Coober Pedy, where the original film was shot.

It may sound futuristic, but an international startup says it will host a full-scale flying car race in remote South Australia before the end of the year.

Airspeeder has been developing the cars, which use drone technology to hover and manoeuvre above ground.

The startup’s co-founder, Matt Pearson, said despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 was a big year for the industry.

Mr Pearson said Airspeeder’s cars, which use drones to lift a chassis resembling a Formula One race car, were cheaper than helicopters.

“A helicopter has thousands of moving parts, and a single point of failure which makes them very expensive to maintain,” he said.

“An air taxi has about 16 moving parts and about half of those are redundant, so it’s a very safe, very stable platform.”

Unlike air taxis though, Airspeeder cars are built as race vehicles, and Mr Pearson said the company was pressing ahead with plans for an exhibition race in Coober Pedy before the end of the year.

“Taxis are a great thing to do with this technology, but we also think that there’s a great place to fuel innovation in racing,” he said.

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