An aerospace company founded by former MIT engineers and pilots may just have taken flying cars straight out of science fiction and into the real world! The Massachusetts based firm, Terrafugia Inc., has completed test drive and flights for its prototype flying car. The world has almost become accustomed to agonizing traffic jams that consume lots of productive hours. Drivers hoping to avoid this nightmare may have an alternative means of travel in a year’s time.
Terrafugia plans to launch the flying car in the market in a year’s time. In a test flight, the prototype "Transition" car-plane flew for eight minutes. The car-plane makes 70 mph on the road and 115mph in the air. However, owners will be required to possess a driver's and pilot's license. The flying-car resembles a typical car, featuring two seats, four wheels but with an unfurling 8m wingspan. The wings fold up, allowing the vehicle to be used as a normal car. According to Terrafugia, orders have already been placed for 100 of the Transition car-planes.
The number is expected to increase when the car-plane finally hits the markets. Whereas the cost is prohibitive, at around $279,000, man’s historical obsession with developing a viable flying car makes it an interesting innovation. The flying car has been the subject of severalingenious inventions since the 1930s. Terrafugia’s street-legal car-plane is the first of its kind to ever come this close to reality.