Stuck in traffic jam? Use your car's flying button. Seriously! US scientists have designed a next-gen flying car, Terrafugia TF-X, which is capable of taking off vertically and flying completely on its own. It could be on the roads within a decade.
It won't require a pilot's license to operate.
The Terrafugia TF-X flying car can take off vertically and has a flying range of 805 km.
Once airborne, the two propellers fold back and propulsion is handled by an engine mounted behind the cockpit.
TF-X is a hybrid electric flying car designed to revolutionise personal travel with advanced technology and intelligent vehicle systems that greatly simplify safe personal flight.
The manufacturers claim the TF-X is a plug-in hybrid. Electric motors handle road driving, and assist during takeoff and landing.
Everything from take-off, to flying, and eventual touch-down at the chosen destination will be handled automatically by the Terrafugia.
Terrafugia claims its road-legal and highly automated flying car could be on the road (and in the air) within 8-12 years. Terrafugia estimates it takes just five hours of practise to learn to drive and fly a TF-X.
The TF-X calculates the total distance, and determines whether there is suitable fuel range.