Terrafugia TF-X – The Plug-In Hybrid Flying Car!

We brought you driverless cars yesterday and today we have flying cars! The future of cars is becoming more like a sci-fi movie each day.

Three years ago a flying car called the 
Terrafugia Transition took to the skies for the first flight of an airborne car. Now the company behind it has launched a second version – the Terrafugia TF-X.

The TF-X’s standout feature is its ability to take off and land vertically, thanks to twin rotor blades. Once airborne, the TF-X can fly at 200mph and seat four people.

The exact powerplant hasn’t been announced, but Terrafugia confirmed the car would be a plug-in hybrid (like a Vauxhall Ampera) with electric motors to help it take off and a petrol engine to propel it in flight.

It is expected that the TF-X will be easier to fly than a small airplane or helicopter, thanks to fly-by-wire controls and ‘intelligent’ systems that do the majority of the work.

In fact, so easy will the TF-X be to pilot, that you won’t require a pilot’s licence to fly it thanks to a clever autopilot system that takes the manual labour and skill out of flying and navigation. What you do if the systems fail is another question…

Thankfully, the TF-X comes with a built-in parachute should the worst happen, though Terrafugia believes it will be statically safer to fly a TF-X than drive a car (not difficult when you consider how many cars are on the road versus flying cars).

The TF-X’s complex systems also hints at a future of automated cars, which are already beginning to gather pace.

Check out the photo’s and video below…

Terrafugia TF-X Flying Car

Terrafugia TF-X Flying Car


The video below shows the first Terrafugia flying car which isn’t half as good as the new TF-X version and it’s ability to take off vertically! We aren’t sure how those wings would manage on the highway though!

via: Msn

What do you guys think? Are you or the world ready for flying cars? 

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