In a recent post on Autonomous Cars, we mentioned that Flying Cars wouldn’t be too far behind. Literally the next day, a friend posted a YouTube video on just that, a flying car, how’s that for a coincidence ? Right now, there seems to be 2 major players, Terrafugia and AeroMobil.
The FAA has authorized Terrafugia to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for research and development purposes. The TF-X™ is a four-seat, hybrid electric, semi-autonomous, vertical takeoff and landing flying car. The FAA exemption will allow Terrafugia to test the hovering capabilities of a one-tenth scale vehicle up to an altitude of 400 feet, and at speeds under 100 mph.
AeroMobil’s flying cars make use of existing infrastructure created for automobiles and planes, to create door-to-door transportation. In car mode, It fits into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic just like any other car. As a plane, it can use any airport in the world, but can also take off and land using any grass strip or paved surface just a few hundred meters long. It has been in real flight conditions since October 2014.
So at this point my mind is spinning with how the transportation department is going to manage the 3 dimensional travel created by these flying cars. It’s definitely going to be a very interesting future.
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