The Autonomous Flying Car is Set to Become Reality

The Autonomous Flying Car

Hang on a minute, these are just computer renderings…

True but they’re computer renderings of the future – a future where we all drive around in cars that can take to the skies at the press of a button. Exciting isn’t it?

The Autonomous Flying Car

We’ve been talking about flying cars for ages. Is this for real?

Terrafugia actually already has a track record for creating flying cars. You can head to its website and purchase The Transition – a car that’s road legal in the USA and can fly in and out of over 5,000 public airports – right now. It’s not quite as smart as the TF-X, but it exists and it works.

What’s different about this swanky TF-X model?

It’s an upcoming vehicle that uses two high-powered electric motors and a 296bhp petrol engine, which not only propels the four-seater family cruiser along the road but also powers turbines that allow for vertical take-off and landing. Owners with the correct qualifications can fly it pretty much anywhere they want, or noobs can punch a destination into the on-board computer and let the car do all the hard work.

So you don’t have to know how to fly?

Its maker claims that it can fly itself around 500-miles on a full charge, with the petrol tanks full to the brim. That’s because the TF-X navigates to a catalogue of pre-set destinations using the latest computer technology. Of course, the owner can take over at any time should things start to go a bit wrong.

The Autonomous Flying Car

Is it safe?

Who knows, it’s all a bit of a concept for the time being but Terrafugia – pronounced ter-ra-FOO-gee-ah, which means ‘escape the earth’ in Latin – claims the TF-X will be capable of automatically avoiding other air traffic, bad weather, and restricted and tower-controlled airspace.

Plus, there’s a full-vehicle back-up parachute system should the worst happen.

What is it like on the road?

Likely quite large and cumbersome thanks to it packing a foldable set of wings and propellers, but it is guaranteed to fit inside a standard American garage. On the road, it uses power from an electric motor and large battery packs, while the petrol motor kicks in for added boost during take-off and landing.

It won’t bother any Lamborghinis but it can fly, what more could you want?

When can I buy one?

You can buy The Transition now for around £200,000 but it doesn’t look anywhere near as cool as the TF-X and it isn’t capable of the auto landing and take-off stuff. Development of the TF-X is due to last 8-12 years, so start saving guys because we all want one!

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