An American company (featured previously) claims their flying car may soon be part and parcel of our daily transportation. Terrafugia is the company attempting to manufacture their (unmanned) TF-X flying car. They say it will be available for testing as soon as 2018 and on the buyer’s market by 2025.
The TF-X flying car is an electric hybrid with fold-out wings. It has twin electric propellers powered by a 300 horsepower engine. They can adopt a horizontal position for flying and vertical position for taking-off and landing (no need for a runway with this vehicle). It is expected to reach speeds of 200 mph and manage distances of around 500 miles.
The car is designed to be semi-autonomous meaning that the driver will not need to be a pilot. The driver simply enters the destination and the car does the rest. The driver has the final word regarding where to land (choosing to abort if any difficulties arise).
Terrafugia has obtained FAA approval for the vehicle already. They also claim that flying in this vehicle will be much easier than an ordinary aircraft (only a short training course involved) with control of the vehicle remaining similar to that of an ordinary car. Advantages for this vehicle include being small enough to park in a garage, and being driven ordinarily like a car as opposed to flying. The future is here!