The idea of a flying car has fascinated dreamers and aviation geeks alike since humans first got off the ground with powered flight.
The concept has obvious advantages: the “go anywhere, anytime” freedom of an automobile without any of the traffic congestion that terrestrial drivers face on a daily basis.
Featured in movies like Back to the Future and Blade Runner, this mode of transportation has been restricted to the realm of science-fiction due to the complexity of the drivetrain required and the training that would be needed to operate such a vehicle.
Now, a company called Terrafugia has put forward their vision for a practical flying car. Using electric-gasoline hybrid technology from the cutting edge of the automobile industry and autopilot technology adopted from the aviation industry, the company thinks they have what’s needed to bring a flying car to the mass market.
Unfortunately, the Transition had to take off and land from an airport, so Terrafugia began working on a second generation concept
Which came to be known as the Terrafugia TF-X, an electric-hybrid flying car with a range of 500 miles
If you run low on fuel in the middle of a flight, it'll automatically find a safe spot to land. The driver has final say on whether a spot is safe for landing.
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