Terrafugia, one of the companies involved in the development area near SF, involving cars that can fly, features the latest iteration of TF-X concept: Terrafugia TF-X. TF-X will be ready for production in about 8 years.
Flying car has been and is one of modern humanity’s technological dreams since the early 1900s, when the great visionaries of the world’s top automakers put on wheels cars. Relatively slow technological momentum until 2000 and legal issues that would have had such an invention in the bud stopped their few attempts of this kind.
But 2009 brought to the fore a company that promised to produce a flying car series. Obviously there is no clear deadline for the launch, but Americans from Terrafugia, a company formed by engineers and scientists gathered around the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) presented the concept Transition as a close variant of what technology could become a car to wear the occupants to their destination by air whenever possible. Transition made enough waves in the press, especially because the technology boom started to become a serious one because of the explosion of the Internet and then personal gadgets.
Well, Terrafugia continues to research and develop the idea of flying machine in 2015 but their new product has a different name this time: TF-X. The new concept is evolved, company representatives say, is very close to series production possible if this will be legalized in the near future.
Vertical takeoff, 800 kilometers / 500 miles autonomy
Powertrain solutions and new Terrafugia TF-X performance but those are impressive: the flying car has a hybrid propulsion system and rotors spinning wheels on the asphalt with which fly when it’s in the air. Autonomy‘s air Terrafugia TF-X is not less than 800 kilometers and is taking off vertically as helicopters do today, which means that TF-X does not need a runway and landing .
Although Terrafugia has not provided data on air speed can reach maximum TF-X, it is likely to mention the figures better than those of Transition, the first concept of the company, which announced three years ago at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour.
If the first thought that comes when you think of such a machine is linked to the way in which flying in the air, everything is solved simply by producing company: Terrafugia TF-X is fully autonomous flight, which means that avoids free potential traffic problems, recognize areas where the weather is not favorable for the flight, knows restricted air zones and especially automatic landing in the proposed place of driver-pilot. If unforeseen circumstances arise that could endanger the lives of passengers, and Terrafugia TF-X has a complete system of parachutes that solves the problem forced landing without damage.
Production: no earlier than 2022
Even if Terrafugia claims that TF-X’s design is ready for production, the actual development of the car will take at least eight years, which means that flying car could be seen on the roads at the earliest and possibly in the air since 2022 . there is still no official price, but the first information from the manufacturing company announces that rivals the amount that customers pay for a luxury car. That is somewhere over 300,000 EUR / 330,000 USD.