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  • The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

    04/27/2016 12:26:09 PM PDT · by JOAT · 152 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 4/26/2016 | Ryan Peterson
    A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck. Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks. Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truck can drive nearly 24 hours per...
  • Toyota Files Flying-Car Patent

    09/18/2015 7:01:45 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 22 replies
    AvWeb ^ | September 16, 2015 | Mary Grady
    It has been rumored off and on over the years that various big automakers are secretly at work on a flying car, and this week patent drawings emerged that show some ideas from Toyota’s drawing board. The patent application, which is dated Sept. 3, shows drawings of a car with four “stackable wings.” The wings, which will be short enough that they don’t protrude from the sides of the roof, can be deployed in various configurations for different phases of flight, from takeoff to cruise. The car also would have three rotors — two horizontal and one vertical.
  • This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car closer to reality than you might think (Terrafugia TF-X)

    08/05/2015 6:41:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    GeekWire ^ | August 4, 2015 | Molly Brown
    This ‘Back to the Future’ style flying car is closer to reality than you might think ... Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is developing the TF-X and states that the flying car is 8 to 12 years away from becoming an everyday reality ...
  • Terrafugia, seeking $30M in funding, plans to have first flying cars ready in two years

    06/04/2014 10:07:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.bizjournals.com ^ | Jun 3, 2014, 7:04am EDT | David Harris Tech Editor- Boston Business Journal
    The idea of a flying car might seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but it may soon become a reality. All it'll take is about $30 million in funding and some patience. Terrafugia, a Woburn manufacturer of flying cars has been working on its vehicles for almost eight years. The MIT-born company has been working on two kinds of cars: the Transition, which is scheduled to be released in mid-2016 and can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at up to 10,000 feet in the air; and the TF-X, a semi-autonomous plug-in hybrid...
  • Police arrest man who fled after launching car onto Forest Acres roof

    11/25/2013 10:31:27 AM PST · by PilotDave · 37 replies
    wmbf news ^ | 25 Nov 13 | staff
    Police have arrested the man they believe was driving a car that went airborne and landed on a Forest Acres roof early Saturday morning. A Columbia Police Department spokesperson says officers took 21-year-old Antwon Ashley into custody overnight. He's been charged with reckless driving, driving under suspension, hit and run with property damage, failure to stop for blue lights, littering and trafficking crack cocaine. Police say Ashley is a gang member.
  • This Is The World's First Practical Flying Car

    06/10/2013 7:36:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/10/2013 | Kyle Russell
    The idea of a flying car has fascinated dreamers and aviation geeks alike since humans first got off the ground with powered flight. The concept has obvious advantages: the "go anywhere, anytime" freedom of an automobile without any of the traffic congestion that terrestrial drivers face on a daily basis. Featured in movies like Back to the Future and Blade Runner, this mode of transportation has been restricted to the realm of science-fiction due to the complexity of the drivetrain required and the training that would be needed to operate such a vehicle. Now, a company called Terrafugia has put...
  • Flying car closes in on FAA OK

    08/16/2012 7:10:14 PM PDT · by dalereed · 52 replies
    Boston Hearald ^ | 8/15 | Boston Hearald
    Flying car closes in on FAA OK Terrafugia already has more than 100 orders for its $279,000 aircraft By Marie Szaniszlo Sunday, August 12, 2012 - Updated 4 days ago E-mail Print (10) Comments Text size Share Four months after its debut at the New York International Auto Show, Woburn-based Terrafugia’s version of the “flying car” has buzzed into a second phase of testing, with hopes of obtaining final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration in the coming months. If everything goes according to plan, the Transition could earn its light sport aircraft air-worthiness certificate this winter, allowing it to...
  • Finally: The flying car arrives (And this time we mean it)

    04/03/2012 7:50:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/03/2012 | Jazz Shaw
    We've screamed for them for years. We've joked about it. We've featured them in auto insurance commercials. IBM was using the idea in their advertisements well over a decade ago. But now the flying cars are here. Flying cars aren't just science fiction anymore.Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia Inc. said Monday that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year. The vehicle — dubbed the Transition — has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car....
  • Street-legal flying car cleared for takeoff

    04/02/2012 8:16:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    hearaldsun.com.au ^ | 3 April 20122 | AFP
    DRIVERS hoping to slip the surly - and traffic congested - bonds of Earth moved a step closer to realising their dream, as a US firm said it had successfully tested a street-legal plane. Massachusetts-based firm Terrafugia said their production prototype "Transition" car-plane had completed an eight-minute test flight, clearing the way for it to hit the market within a year. "With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream," said founder Carl Dietrich. The two-seater craft, which has the rounded features of a Fiat 500 and collapsible wings, is on presale...
  • Scaled Unveils Hybrid "Flying Car"

    07/21/2011 8:46:54 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 27 replies
    AvWeb ^ | July 21, 2011 | The AVweb Editorial Staff
    Scaled Unveils Hybrid "Flying Car" Over the weekend, Scaled Composites unveiled to the press Burt Rutan's version of a "roadable aircraft," the last design he completed for the company he founded before he retired earlier this year. The two-seat hybrid-electric BiPod hasn't flown, but it has completed some "test hops" on the runway at Mojave, powered by its driving wheels. The aircraft is designed to have four propellers, two on the wings and two on the horizontal stabilizer, which haven't yet been installed. The wings come off and can be stowed between the pods. The left pod has driving controls...
  • It’s 2011! Where’s my flying car?

    01/06/2011 8:18:05 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 50 replies
    En Compass ^ | Jan. 6, 2011 | Carrie Patrick
    We’re so far into the 21st century that it’s been about five years since it was even interesting to note that we’re in the 21st century. Years that sounded futuristic in the literature of previous decades have been and gone. 2001 now sounds almost as ancient as 1984, and having a phone that looks like a Star Trek communicator just marks you as hopelessly outdated. So why are we still driving what amounts to an upgraded version of the horseless carriage? Through the years, various people have tried and failed to make something that would live up to those Golden...
  • US military developing flying car

    12/01/2010 1:15:51 PM PST · by Stoat · 60 replies · 3+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 1, 2010
    The vehicle would function just like a big four-wheel-drive Humvee when on the ground. But it would also be able to take off like a helicopter and fly away from trouble or to avoid enemy road blocks. Part of the American research and development money, worth £41 million and led by American defence and aerospace firm AAI, has gone to US firm Terrafugia which is already developing the world's first flying production car.  The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to develop a four person flyable and road worthy vehicle. Terrafugia, which has developed the Transition Flying Car...
  • Pictures: New Flying-Car Design Revealed

    08/02/2010 7:43:49 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies · 5+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | July 28, 2010
    For anyone who’s ever wanted to skip airport security lines and boarding delays, a newly designed flying car may pave the way for future personal transportation. Developers unveiled a scale model of the redesigned Transition "roadable aircraft" (pictured in a digital rendering) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Monday. The new design is both a rear-wheel drive road vehicle and a light sport aircraft that can cruise at 105 miles (170 kilometers) an hour. Developed by the Terrafugia company, the tweaked design—which adds carlike headlights and a license plate holder, among other things—follows a proof-of-concept Transition, which was successfully tested in 2009.
  • DARPA Asks for a Flying Car, Gets a Dual-Rotor Road Warrior Turned Helo

    07/14/2010 10:37:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 7+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 7/13/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Just after the new year, DARPA put out a broad agency announcement requesting a flying car, specifically a one-to four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can negotiate off-road conditions as well as take to the skies. Today, Fort Worth-based AVX Aircraft has responded with a proposal, releasing some mock-ups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft that’s also road-ready. AVX says the four-seater will be able to carry a 1,040-lb. payload 250 miles on a single tank of fuel, peaking at 80 miles per hour over land and 140 miles per hour in the air. It’s coaxial rotor design would...
  • Terrafugia's Flying Car Gets FAA Clearance

    07/01/2010 11:51:57 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 19 replies
    myfoxboston.com ^ | Thursday, 01 Jul 2010, | CANVAS STAFF REPORTS)
    A flying car is closer to take off. Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has allowed the vehicle to be certified in the Light Sports Aircraft category, it can operate on asphalt and in the air. That's a key clearance sought by its developers since the project began in 2006, reports Motor Trend . The two-seater vehicle is 110 pounds over the limit for Light Sports Aircraft, but the FAA said the car-plane can still be sold as long as customers are advised about this extra weight. Developers also sought the FAA classification so potential pilots would only need 20...
  • The Future is Here, Flying Car Video

    06/30/2010 9:03:38 PM PDT · by Korah · 20 replies · 4+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/29/10 | Chuck Wolk
    We have all heard about the idea of flying cars for years. The popular cartoon "The Jetsons" made a whole generation of kids grow up thinking about robots as maids and flying cars in the future. Well, a few Japanese companies have been working hard on getting robots that can entertain men and and there has been more then a few inventors that have toyed with creating a car fly. Now we have the Terrafugia company that has invented the Transition ® Roadable Aircraft, or "Flying Car". They have even received approval from the FAA to fly their Transition....
  • The Future is Here, Flying Car Video

    06/30/2010 10:01:12 AM PDT · by OneVike · 38 replies · 1+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 6/30/10 | Chuck Wolk
    We have all heard about the idea of flying cars for years. The popular cartoon "The Jetsons" made a whole generation of kids grow up thinking about robots as maids and flying cars in the future. Well, a few Japanese companies have been working hard on getting robots that can entertain men and and there has been more then a few inventors that have toyed with creating a car fly. Now we have the Terrafugia company that has invented the Transition ® Roadable Aircraft, or "Flying Car". They have even received approval from the FAA to fly their Transition....
  • I've GOT to get one of these: Flying Car

    02/19/2010 8:52:30 PM PST · by cakid1 · 42 replies · 1,179+ views
    CBS47 ^ | 2-19-10 | CAKID1
    Boy would it be great to have one of these? Popular Mechanics has the story and the pictures. (Plus a video link.) The U.S. Defense Department is working on the project. It takes off and lands vertically.
  • Still want that flying car?

    01/30/2009 10:28:29 AM PST · by grandpa jones · 6 replies · 506+ views
    NN&V | 1/30/09 | Nuke
    New Scientist takes a look at "Ten sci-fi devices that could soon be in your hands". Yes friends, the flying car is included. Or personal spaceship, or your own jet-pack. Old news you say? Maybe. But, this part seems kind of interesting to me.. your personal spacecraft could fly into orbit on a beam of microwaves shone upwards from the ground. Bad news? The inventor says it's still 50 years away. I don't think I'll be able to wait for that one. But some of the other devices don't have such a long lead time.
  • VIDEO: Skycar Flying car takes high road to Timbuktu

    01/19/2009 12:44:34 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 4,235+ views
    From the noisy and lovable Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the time-traveling DeLorean in "Back to the Future," flying cars have been a fixture of movies and science fiction that never quite cut it in the real world -- until now.A flying car devised by a British inventor and a team of engineers took off from London on Wednesday on an epic journey to Timbuktu, Mali, in West Africa -- a trip they hope will prove the fantasy has become reality. The "Skycar" is a road-legal all-terrain buggy with a huge rear propeller and a fabric wing, the result of...
  • 'Muscle car' UFO hoons over Darwin[Australia]

    01/18/2009 3:15:32 PM PST · by BGHater · 54 replies · 2,256+ views
    Sunday Territorian ^ | 17 Jan 2009 | ALYSSA BETTS
    A MYSTERIOUS blue car-shaped UFO has been spotted in Darwin as it flew across a cloudy wet season sky. But in the words of amateur photographer Mark Schmutter, 79, "It does look like a car but what would a car be doing up in the sky?" Mr Schmutter said he snapped these shots as he was standing on the ninth-floor balcony of a friend's CBD apartment just before 6pm earlier this week. "I decided to go out on the balcony and take some shots of Darwin," he said. "I just held the camera up and I saw this thing flash...
  • World’s first flying car prepares for take-off

    01/10/2009 7:35:53 PM PST · by Squidpup · 77 replies · 2,823+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | January 11, 2009 | Mark Harris
    IS it a car? Is it a plane? Actually it’s both. The first flying automobile, equally at home in the sky or on the road, is scheduled to take to the air next month. If it survives its first test flight, the Terrafugia Transition, which can transform itself from a two-seater road car to a plane in 15 seconds, is expected to land in showrooms in about 18 months’ time. Its manufacturer says it is easy to keep and run since it uses normal unleaded fuel and will fit into a garage. Carl Dietrich, who runs the Massachusetts-based Terrafugia, said:...
  • The Flying Car is Here

    03/25/2007 1:03:04 PM PDT · by pabianice · 82 replies · 2,771+ views
    This company claims it will fly a prototype in 2008 and begin production in 2009. Interesting idea, anyway. Video here.
  • Car Launches Into 2nd Story of L.I. Building (Video)

    09/13/2006 1:50:19 AM PDT · by restornu · 24 replies · 1,479+ views
    wcbstv ^ | Sept 12, 2006
    (CBS/AP) A car hit a dirt hill at high speed and flew 200 feet into the second story of an apartment building Tuesday, killing the driver, police said. The driver, Vincent Pontillo Jr., 43, of Mount Sinai, was wearing a seatbelt and was found dead in the 2004 Honda Accord, Suffolk County police said. He was heading southbound on Osborne Avenue in Coram when he reached a dead end and the car was launched from a 4-foot dirt hill. The car penetrated into a building up to its rear bumper, police spokesman Officer William Fairchild said. Police do not suspect...
  • The Terrafugia Transition - is this the first viable flying car?

    07/26/2006 11:21:40 AM PDT · by Neville72 · 34 replies · 1,684+ views
    Gizmag ^ | 7/26/2006 | Staff
    July 26, 2006 An interesting new flying car is being launched this week at Oshkosh. The Transition is a Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) designed to make general aviation more practical for personal transportation. From start-up company Terrafugi, the Transition drives like a car on public roads and can transition into an aircraft at the nearest airport by lowering its 27-foot wings and taking off. As an aircraft it has a top speed of 130mph, a range of 500 miles and can carry a payload of 430 pounds. One stop gives you over a thousand miles of range inside eight hours....
  • Futuristic 'air mobile' in works at Bell

    07/17/2006 3:42:25 PM PDT · by Dysart · 10 replies · 267+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 7-17-06 | BOB COX
    FARNBOROUGH, England - Bell Helicopter will team with an Israeli company in an attempt to develop a futuristic, vertical-takeoff-and-landing flying vehicle that would allow soldiers and police far greater mobility in urban environments.Bell unveiled a mockup of what the company has dubbed the X-Hawk on Monday at the Farnborough International Air show, one of the world aerospace industry’s major events for demonstrating technology and marketing aircraft and related products and services.The X-Hawk, as envisioned by Bell, would be an aircraft that could hold a pilot and up to 11 troops. It would be capable of navigating congested urban areas by...
  • Flying Car Captured on Google Earth

    01/24/2006 7:38:11 AM PST · by dware · 279 replies · 8,787+ views
    The Student Operated Press ^ | 1/23/06 | Joey O'Donnell
    Recently, on Google’s satellite photo transmitter “Google Earth,” in the Australian city of Perth, a flying car was caught on camera— levitating. How in the world is that possible? To date, not much is known about the topic, but here’s some information that was released about it. According to the Channel Register’s (a European online news source) Oz photo interpretation bureau, the vehicle in question, described by Clinton Bird—a professor of architecture and abstract identification at the University of Auckland, is at an altitude of three or four meters and doing about 80 knots. That data rules out rocket powered...
  • Terri Schiavo's tombstone: passed from this world in 1990

    09/29/2005 9:43:24 AM PDT · by topher · 95 replies · 2,405+ views
    This past weekend, Father Frank Pavone visited with the Schindlers (parents and brothers and sisters of Terri Schiavo). He went with the family to bless the tombstone that Michael Schiavo had set up his Terri Schiavo. On the tombstone, according to the family and Fr. Frank, it reads: ...passed away from this world in 1990 But we all know that autopsy was not started until after her death in the spring of 2005 -- just before the death of Pope John Paul II. Father Pavone contends that makes the disabled less than human. Listen to his one minute message... Click...
  • Terri Schiavo's family announces book plans

    09/27/2005 12:47:03 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 371 replies · 4,743+ views
    AP ^ | 9/27/05 | Mitch Stacy
    Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings are writing a book about their struggle in the epic end-of-life case that divided the country and captured the attention of everyone from the Pope John Paul II to President Bush, their publisher said Tuesday. The yet untitled memoir by parents Bob and Mary Schindler, brother Bobby Schindler and sister Suzanne Vitadamo will be published in March to coincide with the first anniversary of the death of the brain-damaged woman, whose feeding tube was removed after her husband won a court order to do so. "This book is the moving story of an ordinary family...
  • Ten Year Old, Arrested for Giving Food to Terri Schiavo, Apologizes

    09/01/2005 9:51:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 1,405 replies · 13,831+ views
    LifeSite ^ | August 31, 2005
    LifeSiteNews.com Wednesday August 31, 2005 Ten Year Old Arrested for Giving Food to Terri Schiavo Apologizes TAMPA BAY, August 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Ten year-old Joshua Heldreth, the eldest of eight children, was arrested on Good Friday of this year for trespassing while attempting to bring a drink of water to Miss Terri Schaivo.  Days later Schiavo died of intentional dehydration.  In court Joshua pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 hours of community service and ordered to write an apology for his actions.The boy whose arrest photo was splashed on front pages of newspapers across the nation wrote in...
  • Michael Schiavo to Tell His Side of the Story in Book

    09/18/2005 1:25:48 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 222 replies · 3,548+ views
    AP ^ | 9/18/05
    Michael Schiavo is co-writing a book with author Michael Hirsh to tell his side of the end-of-life case that divided much of the country. Schiavo's wife Terri suffered a brain injury in 1990 that left her in what some doctors called a "persistent vegetative state." She died March 31 after a bitter court battle between her husband and her parents. Hirsh expects the 280-page book, "Terri: the Truth," to be available just before the first anniversary of Terri's death. Dutton Publishing publicity manager Jean Anne Rose confirmed that the company is publishing the book in March. Michael Schiavo's decision to...
  • A New Model of Flying Car

    08/29/2004 8:48:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 78 replies · 1,800+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 08/27/04 | N/A
    Lynne Wenberg, senior manager of Boeing's part of developing a flying car, holds a remote control sporty red helicopter/car hybrid engineers created, as she stands in front of the 1968 Taylor Aerocar III on display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004. Wenberg, senior manager on the project, said the goal is to make a flying car that costs the same as a luxury vehicle, is quiet and fuel-efficient, and is easy to fly and maintain. But Boeing is especially interested in the broader problem of figuring out how to police the airways _ and...