Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Flying cars just years away

Narada Desk | February 22, 2016 12:15 pm Print


Getting stuck in traffic especially while on our way to work or the seemingly endless cycle of gas-brake-repeat that we have to handle on a snail pace traffic, can be annoying and most of the time, disturbing.

However, car designers are now coming up with the new plan for the future.This they plan to do by taking to the skies in a flying car.

The US company behind the concept vehicle TF-X is hoping a prototype will be ready to fly in just two years – and it will go on general sale within eight.

As per the prototype the specifications are as follow:

The vehicle will have a cruising speed of 200 mph (322 km/h), along with a 500-mile (805 km) flight range.

TF-X will have fold-out wings with twin electric motors attached to each end.

These motors allow the TF-X to move from a vertical to a horizontal position, and will be powered by a 300 hp engine.

The planned four-person TF-X will be semi-autonmous and use computer-controlled so that passengers can simply type in a destination before taking off.

TF-X vehicles will be capable of automatically avoiding other air traffic, bad weather, and restricted and tower-controlled airspace.

The vehicle will be able to recharge its batteries either from its engine or by plugging in to electric car charging stations.

However, Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said the TF-X will still be another eight to twelve years in development.

Last year, the same company unveiled a flying car known as the Transition, which has space for two passengers,

It is expected to cost around £183,000 ($261,000) when it goes on sale.

Owners will need a pilot and a driver’s licence to operate the road-legal airplane, in addition to 20 hours of flying time under their belt.

But fulfill those requirements, and you’ll be able to head down a motorway to an airport, and then take off on a conventional runway.