The Future Of The Flying Car
Flying Cars: No Longer the Stuff of Futuristic Fantasy
Though many people associate flying cars with futuristic cartoons and movies, recent technological developments have led to the real development of a car/airplane hybrid prototype. This model currently named the “Transition” and created by the Terrafugia Corporation, can shift from a car to an airplane in under a minute as its wings are designed to fold up and out in a matter of seconds.
It is made of a light carbon shell, durable tires, and plastic windows similar to those used in large aircraft, though at 185 km/hour, its speed is not quite up to that of a commercial airline and it is only capable of carrying just over 300 pounds in total weight.
Developers actually envision consumers in the near future housing these vehicles in their home garages, and driving them to nearby airfields for takeoff. The smaller car/plane hybrids will operate below commercial planes, so pilots will not have to worry about navigating air traffic amongst larger planes.
Terrafugia hopes that, barring any future setbacks, licensed pilots should be able to purchase these within the very near future. Since the high-tech Jetsons-style cars are estimated to cost about a quarter of a million dollars, though, interested parties should start saving now.