The flying car is coming near in future

It's long been the fantasy of every motorist stuck in a never - ending traffic jam - A flying car.
Well, the good news is that one is scheduled to take to the skies next month.
The bad news for commuters is that it needs 1,700ft of uncluttered road before it can take off. And it costs £132,000.
Undeterred, the craft's inventors, who include former NASA engineers, say it could finally be the breakthrough of a long-held dream - instant travel by air.
The Terrafugia Transition will undergo its first test flight next month


Said to be the first flying car with wings that fold up automatically at the push of a button, the Terrafugia Transition should be equally at home in the sky or on the road.
It can switch from being a two-seater road car to a plane in only 15 seconds.
If the vehicle survives its first test flight, it is expected to land in showrooms in about 18 months' time.
Its maker says it is easy to keep and run because it uses normal unleaded fuel and will fit into a garage.
How the flying car shapes up



Carl Dietrich, who runs Massachusetts-based Terrafugia, said: 'This is the first really integrated design where the wings fold up automatically and all the parts are in one vehicle.'
An earlier flying car - the Aerocar of the 1950s, which is still flying today and featured recently on James May's programme Big Ideas - requires the wings to be removed and stowed separately when not flying.
The new Transition is powered by the same 100 brake horsepower engine - about the same power as a Ford Fiesta - on the ground and in the air.
Terrafugia claims it will be able to fly up to 500 miles on a single tank of petrol at a cruising speed of 115mph.
Up to now, however, it has been tested only on roads at up to 90mph
The vehicle uses normal unleaded fuel and will fit into a garage

Mr Dietrich said he had already received 40 orders, despite the £132,000 price tag, the same as a Bentley or Ferrari.
He said: 'For an airplane that's very reasonable, but for a car that's very much at the high end.'
There are still one or two drawbacks to an idea which has already suffered many false dawns. For example, owners may find it difficult to get insurance.
And finding somewhere to take off may not be straightforward if the driver is away from an airport.
The only place in the U.S. in which it is legal to take off from a road is Alaska. And as well as your driving licence, you will need your pilot's licence.

The flying car could be available in showrooms in 18 months' time


But Mr Dietrich is optimistic that his flying car has a future.
'In the long term we have the potential to make air travel practical for individuals at a price that would meet or beat driving, with huge time savings,' he said.
A flying car - fictional rather than real - featured in the 1970s James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun when the villain Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee, used one to escape Roger Moore's 007.
Amit Thakur

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

wonderful post i m waiting that flying car

Anonymous said...

wonderful idea of flying car

Anonymous said...

wonderful fly car idea

Anonymous said...

wonderful fly car idea

Anonymous said...

I think I will keep my old faithful Toyota GROUND car.

Mervi

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!! I WANT ONE LOL

Anonymous said...

wow!! thats amazing. x

Anonymous said...

I’ve already seen a flying car. Mr. [Arthur] Weasley
s car in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”. LOL!
But, that’s neat! Kinda scary (i wouldn’t be in it), but it’s cool!

Anonymous said...

Itz tight i wouldnt want one cuz i dont fly nd i;m scared 2 fly but i like it now people want have 2 pay an lot of money 2 fly were dey want 2 go now dey can go anywhere dey want!

Anonymous said...

we r moovin up

Anonymous said...

Apparently the only place in the USA it’s legal to take-off on a road (who on earth made-up that law?!) is Alaska. Maybe this car could be interesting for Sarah Palin to help her with her diplomatic missions to Russia

Anonymous said...

"I'm worth a million in prizes" - Iggy Pop
...music which always says the same thing to you will necessarily soon become dull music,
but music whose meaning is slightly different with each hearing has a greater chance of remaining alive. - Aaron Copland

Anonymous said...

Asians should never be allowed to purchase these things.

Anonymous said...

People in general can't really drive to well, the flying is a joke...
Can you imagine all the accidents and sky scrapper crashes that will occur if people start flying around?

Some things should not become a commodity. Flying is one of them

Anonymous said...

This is the first really integrated design where the wings fold up automatically and all the parts are in one vehicle

Anonymous said...

I don't see any pictures of anything actually built.
how can it be almost ready for flight testing if all they have is a fancy computer generated video of it.
also, i dont think I would ever fly anything that has wings that have the ability to "fold"

Anonymous said...

I had an engineering prof whose pet project was flying cars (or as he liked to call them, "roadable aircraft"). Every year, one of the AE senior design teams had to design a flying car. None on the road yet
JAMES

Anonymous said...

The problem I have with hybrid things like this -- it's a cool engineering exercise, but you end up with something that's not a very good car, and not a very good plane, either. I say that without knowing the performance stat's, but it's a good bet
sem

Anonymous said...

This doesn't look cheap, so it won't be available to every Joe or Jane Average. This will also require Private Pilot's License to fly and likely won't even qualify as a Light Sport plane. So quite a bit of training will be required to use this in the air. If you have to fulfill the same requirements as any other private pilot does to fly this, I'm cool with it.
It seems like a design that's compromised both as a car and as a plane, though. It looks like it leans more towards being a good plane -- I think its primary use as a car would be to drive from the garage to the runway, thus being stored in a more convenient location as well as not requiring hangar fees.
"Regards"
Roberto Warken

Anonymous said...

It would be pretty hard to get pulled over. I want one.

Anonymous said...

I'll believe it when I see film of one actually flying. A new promised flying car comes along every couple of years and is then never heard from again. The Moller Skycar has been on the verge of coming to the market for going on thirty years now.


And it's hardly the world's first, Molt Taylor's Aerocar beat it by several decades:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar

Jacqueline Knight

Anonymous said...

"Worlds first" claims aside, this is pretty neat! I never thought they'd make it this far.
SamuraiJack

Anonymous said...

WANT ONE LOL

Anonymous said...

What the hell kind of scientist is this guy anyway?
Dante

Anonymous said...

I'll trade my left foot for the flying car
Randal

Anonymous said...

Wow, that seems interesting, nice concept.

Anonymous said...

@ Mike Carmel, There is already airway codes in place. Obviously people without pilot certificates won't be allowed to take off in them. Maybe, if they become popular they'll get their own category or class.

I don't see this kind of thing becoming "the new thing" until someone develops a vertical takeoff & landing system for the masses that won't need runways. But it's a step in the right direction. Keep up the good work.

John, I'll be watching that Top Gear episode also!!!!

Anonymous said...

It's an aeroplane,so only for qualified pilots. That means an awfull lot of training for a private pilots licence costing quite a bit of money, somehow I don't think we need to worry too much.Looks good though.
Bob Zegota

Anonymous said...

Did you not read; the car can only take off from airports? I think it's a wonderful idea, but undoubtedly a vehicle like this would only be available to the wealthy.
keith

Giovanna Garcia said...

I would love to have a car that fly and I think a lot of people would want it. As long as they are tested for safty.

Giovanna Garcia