Flying cars on the horizon?
A flying car should be available commercially in 2016, according to the US company that manufactures it (BBC News).
Boston-based Terrafugia says it has overcome the technical difficulties which have delayed flying car sales which were expected to begin in 2012.
The Terrafugia website says: “Cars let you set your own schedule, but they’re slow and dangerous. We need the safety of commercial aviation, the convenience and flexibility of a car, and the freedom of the open sky.
“Terrafugia intends to lead the creation of a new flying car industry that will help humanity achieve this new dimension of personal freedom.”
The model that is expected to be available next year is the Transition® which is described as “a street-legal airplane that converts between flying and driving modes in under a minute”.
Terrafugia says: “The Transition® can fly in and out of over 5,000 public airports in the US and is legal to drive on public roads and highways. It is the only light aircraft designed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and is also equipped with a full-vehicle parachute for additional safety.”
Terrafugia says it is in the advanced stages of testing the Transition® in preparation for early production. The anticipated “base purchase price” is $279,000.