Flying Car To Become Available In The Next Decade
Flying cars could be on their way to the skies and roads as Terrafugia continues to make progress with their designs for a plug-in Hybrid flying car, the TF-X.
Terrafugia, a company started by MIT alumni, has been developing a flying car, the Transition, for about a decade. With the help of investors, Terrafugia has built a few prototypes of the Transition and the car is now currently in a testing phase. The Transition seats two and can reach up to 100 mph and it gets 35 miles per gallon on the road. The Transition was designed to fit nicely in a standard home garage.
The Transition resembles a helicopter when in car mode, with its 27 ft. wings folded up, and looks nothing like a DeLorean. In the air, the Transition operates like a traditional plane, requiring a 50 ft runway for take off. Terrafugia’s next project, the TF-X, a Hybrid flying car, however, will be able to take off vertically (in the right conditions. The TF-X will seat 4 and be able to reach a speed of 200 mph.
“Don’t think of it as a car that flies, think of it as a plane that drives,” said Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich.
The TF-X is still in the early stages of development, but Terrafugia is confident that the flying car will be available to the public within the next decade, give or take a few years.