Gallery: TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Elect...

 
The craft has a hybrid-electric engine

Founded by MIT graduates in 2006, Terrafugia has recently tested their first flying car – the Transition. A sleek vehicle with fold-up wings, it has two seats and a loud engine. The company has over one hundred pre-orders for the craft, which will cost $279,000, according to Xconomy. In addition to the improved hybrid engine system, the TF-X will be faster, heavier, and roomier, and rotor blades on each wing tip will assist take off and landing and fold away during flight.

In order to lift off, the TF-X needs an open space with at least 100 foot in diameter, so people won’t be able to hit the skies straight from their driveways, but as Xconomy puts it, it will be easier than getting to landing strips – particularly if cities and parks begin to set aside space for just that reason. That being said, Terrafugia has many obstacles to overcome and are realistic about the challenges. Not only do they need some serious capital, but they will be required to develop the technology necessary to make this flying craft as safe as possible.

The semi autonomous vehicle should be able to avoid air traffic and bad weather, land in an emergency when the operator becomes unresponsive, land in non-approved zones in an emergency, which would be instantly communicated to air traffic controllers, and it should come with a full vehicle parachute system.

“It’s an eight-to-10-year process,” co-founder and CEO Carl Dietrich told Xconomy, “but we believe it’s possible to increase the level of safety while simultaneously making it easier to operate an aircraft.” Buckle up. The future is here.

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Via Xconomy

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7 Comments

  1. kumaran February 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    concept is good but it reduces the gorgeous look of vehicle.
    why won’t try for alternate design ,make it slim and broad

  2. BrianMcK August 24, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Sounds great ! For the ‘prophets of doom’ commenters, relax, these craft are no more likely to crash than any other aircraft as the aviation authorities will ensure they’re fully compliant with any appropriate regulations and standards and will be flown by proper pilots even ;-)

  3. arquijuni arquijuni May 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    how will it be implemented with road traffic rules and air traffic rules? Who is the target client? Will anyone be able to buy one? Will it be implemented in mercedes, bmw and all other cars or will it be a totally separate brand? What category is it placed under when one takes one’s drivers license class?

  4. MarkmBha MarkmBha May 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    These will be a nightmare in the sky!
    So many accidents; major ones. Thia idea
    will not fly long-term.

  5. kameron May 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    forget that, how much is my car insurance going to be now?

  6. Lewis Anderson May 7, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    shouldnt be allowed all it is gonna cause is people going onto other peoples property it would kill any kind of privacy and people would crash them in to houses.

  7. Steve Scott May 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    The folded away rotors look like missile launchers. You’re likely to be shot down when flying one of these things.

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