AeroMobil wants to have its flying car ready to sell to the public for 2017, but there's still a lot of development to get the vehicle ready for the road. In the future, the company even wants to make the plane autonomous.
Terrafugia Transition – Click above for high-res image gallery
i-tec Mavric flying buggy – Click above for high-res image gallery
1935 Skroback "roadable" aircraft – Click above for image gallery
The obvious glib commentary here would invoke Optimus Prime, or something. Instead, we're going to digress momentarily and say that the best kind of transformer involves an LP record and an SL1200. Either way, DARPA has its own transforming going on. The Pentagon's latest initiative has been dubbed Transformer, and it aims to make the prognostications of 1955 come true - flying cars and all. (Bonus points for DARPA if they can get them to fold up neatly into briefcases.)
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Click above for high-res gallery of the flying car from Milner
Try as they might, The Onion got the typical stonewall response from GM, Ford, and Toyota when pressing the automakers about their flying car programs. All these companies do is deny, deny, deny. Even when the Onion called them out, pointing to their secret labs where engineers fly around gleefully like Charlie Bucket and his grandfather all hopped up on hotrod soda, flat denial was the order of the day. We can expect these programs to be pushed further underground, now that their cover was near