Friday, 17 May 2013

Is this (finally) our flying car?

Fancy a flying car for $279,000 (approx. RM843,000)? You may get to have your wish come true pretty soon!


                           Image courtesy of CNN. See link below.


It's one of science fiction's greatest unfulfilled promises, right up there with teleportation and time travel.

This week, Terrafugia, a Woburn, Massachussetts-based aerospace company announced it has begun feasibility studies on a car capable of vertical takeoffs and landings. The TF-X would be a four-seat, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, according to the company.

“We are passionate about continuing to lead the creation of a flying car industry and are dedicating resources to lay the foundations for our vision of personal transportation,” Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich said in a media release.

“Terrafugia is about increasing the level of safety, simplicity, and convenience of aviation. TF-X is an opportunity to provide the world with a new dimension of personal freedom!”

The new TF-X project comes as work on the Transition shifts "from research and development to certification, production, and customer support activities," the company said.

Terrafugia says it has about 100 orders for the Transition, which goes for $279,000.


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