The world’s first ever flying car can turn into a plane in less than a minute
The world’s first ever flying car will be available to purchase very soon across the globe, with pre-sale orders expected to start as early as next month.
The Terrafugia Transition flying car is a two-seater hybrid-electric vehicle that has the ability to change from driving to flying mode in under a minute. It will be able to fly up to 400 miles at speeds of up to 100mph.
The new flying car will be ready for delivery during the early part of 2019, with prices yet to be confirmed.
The car has recently gone through a number of improvements including better seats and seat belts, more storage and improved airbags. It now also includes rear-view cameras and a new parachute system.
Terrafugia is owned by parent company Volvo and has been certified as a Light Sport Aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2016. The vehicle also meets with National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration standards.
A ‘boost’ mode has also been fitted to the Terrafugia which will give the vehicle a ‘brief burst of extra power while flying.’
Those interested in the Transition will have to hold both a driving licence and a pilot’s license if they want to experience both driving and flying the same vehicle.
The Terrafugia will be able to fly at a maximum altitude of 10,000ft and makes use of fold out wings so it can travel through the air.
“Developing this new technology has allowed us to test several different mechanisms and generate process improvements along the way,” said the company’s CEO Chris Jaran, adding: “We are at the critical point where we can implement the best design features based on years of flight and drive testing.”
Mr Jaran also went on to say: “This will improve function, safety, and aesthetics for the optimal flying and driving experience.”
A computer controlled four-seater alternative is also being developed by the company known as the TF-X, which will be able to drive on all roads and highways but won’t need to take-off or land at an airport.
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