• May 7th 2013 at 8:45AM
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Terrafugia's TF-X flying car will be capable of vertical takeoff and landing

Adam Morath
Flying-car maker Terrafugia has revealed plans to develop a hybrid-electric roadable aircraft. Similar to Terrafugia's Transition flying car, the TF-X will feature folding wings that enable it to be driven on the road; however, unlike the Transition, which requires a runway for takeoff, the TF-X's tilting dual rotors will allow it to ascend vertically like a helicopter.

Liftoff is powered by twin 600 horsepower "motor pods," featuring 16 electric motors each. Terrafugia says a megawatt of power will be used to raise the vehicle off the ground, at which point the rotors shift forward and the propellers fold for cruising. Once airborne, a 300 horsepower engine will power the vehicle up to 200 miles per hour for an estimated 500 miles. The aircraft is capable of carrying 4 passengers and will be street-legal for road driving.

The TF-X will feature an automated flying mode that will avoid collisions, poor weather, and automatically land the vehicle. In case of an emergency, the TF-X will notify authorities and the pilot can deploy a full-vehicle parachute.

Terrafugia TF-X

Terrafugia anticipates that learning to fly the TF-X will take only a few hours for the average driver, as operation in the air is similar to steering a car. The company says operating the TF-X "should be statistically safer than driving a modern automobile."

Although the promise of a convenient flying car appears closer than ever, this Jetsonian car of the future may still be several years away. Terrafugia expects development of the TF-X to last 8 to 12 years. And it won't be cheap when it finally arrives. The company predicts that the TF-X "could be on-par with very high-end luxury cars of today."

Key word: could.

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      Our so called : world leaders: will have to wonder what would the world have done had it truly been simply given information when it became information. ???????? What number of genius developement would this public have produced??? Had we not been stupid, uncaring, selfish,. scared,. pride filled, unablle to simply lay out the truth and allow the world to face it as one. Why did you lose all your real sense? Greed. Damned ignorant filthy greed yet you claim to know things about spiritual realms and powers? Mind? Your entire charade is a dichotomy. And yes you, you know who you are. search in your shallow hearts. The truth is there if you look for it instead of trying to say what it is. You are the one who needs to know it and admit it not us, we already know. Were not asleep.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only catch is that like a real plane you would need a flight pattern so as not to intersect and crash with other flying vehicles. Too there would have to be regular maintenance just like an aircraft so these flying machines do not fall out of the sky and hit someone. Over time they could become abundant as they become more popular and fill the skies just as cars have done over the last 60 plus years. And I am not too enthuastic about whatever emissons would be dumping from these flying vehicles considering they would be flying at lower levels than the average plane.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have waited on my flying car since the early 60's when the Supercar show was on Saturday mornings. Now that I am approaching 60 years old I realize that the government will never allow the general population to have flying cars. We can't drive on a flat surface without crashing into each other. Drunk flying? Tossing that beer bottle out the window at 1000 feet? Not to mention teenagers hotrodding theirs and breaking the sound barrrier all over the place. Blue haired old ladies flying 10 feet off the ground with their blinker light on? Rednecks with flying pickup trucks spinning donuts in the clouds spitting their chewing tobacco out the window. People on the ground wouldn't stand a chance. I wanted it,. I have waited for it. It ain't gonna happen folks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad part is, they'll probably get a Government grant for 10's of millions while air traffic controllers are on layoff.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a silly idea. Imagine rush hour a 1000 feet up. Have cars falling all over. Take your engineering brains and build me a car thats get 1000 mpg on ethonal.
      • 2 Years Ago
      HEY... Why not just bring back the "Williams X-Jet" ? Shut-Up and just Google it !!!!!! This vehicle makes so much more sense than having to spend all of those hours of flight time just to get a pilot's license but you would definitely need some type of permit or license.
      • 2 Years Ago
      People have been designing "flying cars" since the 1930's.......By the 1950's, it was predicted we would all have one of these in our driveway by 1960.......
      • 2 Years Ago
      Flying Car..... Car of the Future...:)
      • 1 Year Ago
      This invention could become a spectacular advance in liberty. Lets hope (despite all historical evidence) that the government does not prevent the flying car from coming into existence. Hopefully, free competition, if we restore liberty, will tend to bring prices down, just as Henry Ford did with the Model T Ford.
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      How much added weight can it carry ?
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      My biggest concern is when someone actually designs one that will fly, that will sell, and people are buying them. Road rage taking to new heights. People who think in a two dimensional world trying to occupy three dimensional space. Too many of these in the air and we will have to build tunnels to walk in to avoid the flaming crashes.
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