KL-Penang in an hour, wait for flying car, says Redzuan

(FMT) – Minister Redzuan Yusof has again promoted the “flying car” project, saying it can cut short travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Penang to just one hour instead of four hours by road.

The entrepreneur development minister told Dewan Rakyat today that discussions were ongoing with high technology providers, adding that the air mobility project could take off as early as next year.

Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) said as a teenager, he had imagined the sight of “flying cars” when Vision 2020 was first introduced.

“At least it is not being postponed to Shared Prosperity 2030. You are the only one fulfilling the visions of 2020,” he quipped, drawing laughter from the floor.

Khairy had earlier asked on the extent of the readiness of the ecosystem needed to support the flying car industry.

Redhuan said a prototype of the car would be launched end of this year, with the cost to be borne by the private sector.

He said the project would push for the development of artificial intelligence, big data and Internet of Things.

The flying car prototype was supposed to be unveiled to the public this month.

Yesterday, Redzuan said there had been hiccups in completing the prototype due to evolving technologies which required adaptation.