Self-Driving Flying Car to Take Off in Two Years

Posted by on February 25, 2016 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Technology with 19 Comments

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By Alyssa Danigelis | Discovery News

The hybrid electric flying car that’s been a dream for so long is finally taking shape. Terrafugia announced that they expect to have a prototype for their computer-controlled electric aerial vehicle called the TF-X released within two years.

The company says a full-sized prototype of the TF-X will be ready by 2018, and a model retailing for around $260,000 should be out before 2028, the Daily Mail reported.

If that seems like forever, consider the timeline for Terrafugia’s first vehicle, a two-seater that runs on regular gasoline called the Transition. As Engadget’s Richard Lawler pointed out last year, the second-generation Transition prototype logged more than 100 hours in the air, but key hurdles remain. This latest version still needs meet automotive crash safety standards, and meet the FAA’s weight limit for Light-Sport Aircraft.

The TF-X design is even more complex. The idea is for the four-seat hybrid electric vehicle to have computer-controlled flight. After driving the TF-X out of the garage, twin propellers unfold and a megawatt of power lifts the vehicle up.

Rather than gasoline, a 300-horsepower engine will recharge the vehicle’s batteries and give it a nonstop 500-mile flight range. The goal is to have cruising speeds around 200 miles per hour. It can also be recharged electrically on the ground.

All the automation has to be foolproof, too. The company wants operating a TF-X to be safer than driving a regular car. In the air, the vehicle should automatically avoid other aircraft, bad weather, and restricted airspace. Operators can either use manual or automatic control to fly. And an emergency landing sequence would go into effect if the operator becomes unresponsive.


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  2.' Roger Medina Jr. says:

    FCC has alot of work to do especially this company.

  3.' Ari Arty S says:

    wonderion ho they can cotrol traffic in the air

  4.' Monica Lindsey says:

    Will parachutes replace airbags?

  5.' Hope Marie says:

    Adam Hukill

  6.' Johnny Hitf Reinhardt says:

    Literally not a chance

  7.' Ikeson Liu says:

    I don’t like the idea of a self driving flying car. I would rather be in complete control of the flying vehicle and have “auto pilot” control as an option!
    Then there also should be a emergecy parachute deployment system installed in case something goes wrong.

  8.' Kevin F. Montague says:

    When John RR Searl’s anti gravity discs are finally acknowledged and used, where we don’t need jets or props anymore, then we’ll be ready for flying cars like we saw in science fiction movies when we were kids growing up in the 1960’s. Propellers? I don’t think so.

  9.' Maria Ziemkiewicz says:

    It is about time! Fantastic.

  10.' Chuck Leung says:

    taking to the air is something humans have always longed for

  11.' Judy H McLean-Hastings says:

    These would not fit into current trends! Where would they land in a crowded parking lot? How about children and adults walking to their car? No air traffic controls in place!

  12.' Ugyen Lhamo says:


  13.' Kathryn Coburn says:

    If they can’t keep regular planes from falling out of the sky I can only imagine what would happen if you have flying cars

  14.' Jose Jacinto Feijo says:

    Back to the Future…

  15.' Jean Ashton says:

    flying cars are nothing new

  16.' Rhys Maclean says:

    That’s so ugly my eyes can’t even focus on it and my brain cannot compute it’s angles. I’ll take seven.

  17.' Miky Anton says:

    They said that for two years as well…

  18.' Jeff Miller says:

    And very affordable i would guess!

  19.' Colleen McGovern says:

    Meet George Jetsons,his boy Leroy, daughter Judy, Jane his wife.

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