We haven’t even grown accustomed, actually we haven’t even experienced driverless cars in all their glory and they are already talking of a flying car? Yes, that’s true, but it is not something that came up just now. Terrafugia announced their flying car, TF-X, back in 2013 with an upgraded prototype unveiled just earlier this year. Terrafugia TF-X is everything we have always wanted since movies such as Fifth Element and the likes. Terrafugia is based out of Massachusetts and the company has some really good news for all the enthusiasts out there. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given them permission to run tests in the US airspace.
The permission that was granted was for a drone replica of the actual car, so what you’ll probably see whizzing around in the sky will not only be unmanned, but it will also be a tenth of the actual size of Terrafugia TF-X. That’s not bad at all, given that that is only going to make the future of flying cars approach faster. The drone version of the car will be allowed to fly up altitudes reaching 121 meters and as far as speed is concerned, they can go as high as 160km/h. A press statement from Terrafugia said,
Extensive sub-scale flight testing of sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft Systems), along with wind tunnel testing and aerodynamic simulation, are key to refining the vehicle’s design.
The Terrafugia TF-X will be a four-passenger hybrid with rechargeable batteries capable of charging through the engine or charging station (something that we will see rapid development in in the coming years). The car will be able to fit on regular roads and garages. A computer will be responsible for the flying part so one does not really have to be a pilot. According to Terrafugia, TF-X should take another 8 to 12 years of development. So let’s wait and watch.
In the meantime, take a look at the video below: