A high-flying company is hoping that futuristic airborne cars will soon become a reality.
Massachusetts-based Terrafugia plans to start selling its flying car, named the TF-X, in as little as eight years.
And the manufacturer expects to have developed full-size unmanned prototypes of the TF-X by 2018.
The innovative vehicle wouldn’t look out of place in Back to the Future.
The TF-X is still in the early stages of development but Terrafugia, which is derived from the Latin for ‘escape the earth’, predicts production in the next 8-12 years.
The flying car will have a range of up to 500 miles and cruise top speeds of up to 200mph.
And because of its semi-automated flight capabilities, drivers won’t even need a traditional pilot’s license to fly the TF-X.
Terrafugia spokesperson Dagny Dukach says the amazing automobile ‘will catalyse a revolution in personal mobility’.
Dagny goes on: ‘With simplified flight controls, a familiar layout and automated vertical takeoff and landing technology, the TF-X will make personal aviation more accessible than ever before.’
The four seat TF-X will aim to be both a plane and a car. The vehicle will be a plug-in electric hybrid, which will also run on premium unleaded fuel and is expected to cost the same as a high-end luxury car.