posted 6 years ago

Flying Cars Within Two Years?

Company named ‘Terrafugia’ will offer 'flying cars'

Company named ‘Terrafugia’ will offer ‘flying cars’ Terrafugia is a company based in America who has been dreaming about flying cars since the turn of the 20th century and it now looks that within two years their dreams could come true. The name ‘Terrafugi is derived from the Latin for ‘Escape the Earth’ so very apt it is!

The company plans production of two “roadable” aircraft, the Transition, which has folding wings and must be driven to an airport for takeoff, and the TF-X, a car that could vertically take off and land. The company has proven technology and the product roadmap is designed to make personal aviation progressively safer and more accessible to a broader segment of the population.

The Transition, which is much further along in development than the more conceptual TF-X, is expected to cost nearly $300,000, but the company says there were already one hundred pre-orders earlier this year. The car uses the same engine for driving and flying, and can be run on premium gasoline instead of much costlier aviation fuel. On a full tank, the company says the plane has a range of approximately eight hundred kilometers. Drive testing showed the craft is capable of stopping from a speed of 120 kilometers per hour in a distance of only 34 meters, according to the company.

Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich said “the potential benefit to humanity of a practical flying car is tremendous, the global impact of widely distributed, practical, personal airborne transportation has been estimated by the non-profit CAFE Foundation at approximately $800 billion/year. NASA has estimated it at $1 trillion/year. I believe it is impossible to quantify the benefit to humanity."

New owners of the ‘flying car’ will have to have a valid driver’s licence as well as a sport pilot certification to operate the Transition. The Transition must also meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards of the National Traffic Safety Administration as part of the automotive certification process.

Motoring.co.uk says 'is this company realistic in its ambitions? The industry globally hasn't really achieved the electric car dream, and the much needed infrastructure to go with it. So as for flying cars and actually sorting the infrastructure, red tape and air space rules that will be needed, well it's just head in the clouds stuff we think!'

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