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