It goes without saying that the idea of flying cars makes almost everyone excited. We have seen many science-fiction movies or cartoons that feature such amazing vehicles, making us yearn for the opportunity to drive one. Even kids’ shows like The Jetsons made this yearning powerful. Now, one company claims to have come one step closer to making this dream, reality. Terrafugia has recently unveiled it new concept vehicle, a driverless flying car.
Terrafugia’s new concept vehicle acts as both plane and land car. It features fold-out wings; each wing has a motor attached to the end, allowing the car to move from a vertical to a horizontal position with ease. The car will be powered by a 300 hp engine. According to the company, the car will be able to reach a speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). It will be able to fly about 500 mile (805 km). Terrafugia wishes to provide “true door-to-door” transportation and create a vehicle that can be parked in any garage just like a normal car.
The concept car will be driverless. Passengers will merely type down their coordinates in order to be driven to their preferred destination. However, this does not mean they will have no control over the vehicle. “The TF-X operator will have final say over whether an approved landing zone is actually a safe place in which to land, and they may abort the landing attempt at any time,” Terrafugia explained.
The company estimates the car will be able to reach production stage eight years from now. Moreover, its price will be more than hefty, £183,000. A small scale model will be tested soon in a wind tunnel at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
“The wind tunnel test model will be used to measure drag, lift and thrust forces while simulating hovering flight, transitioning to forward flight and full forward flight,” Terrafugia explained.
Would you like to be able to drive such a car?
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