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  • Liberty, the world’s first commercial flying car is coming soon to the skies and the roads

    02/15/2017 1:17:27 PM PST · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 15, 2017 | Mike Opelka
    A Dutch company called PAL-V is taking orders right now for the world’s first commercial flying car called the Liberty. Mike Opelka feels that this is a great and appropriate name for a flying car. He illustrates how if you want to avoid sitting in traffic, then fire up the Liberty. The company informs their full compliance with the global safety regulations and deliveries will begin in less than two years. In the “Pioneer Edition” of the Liberty there will be 90 units, personalizations, and costs $599,000 whereas the Liberty Sport will cost $399,000. Mike breaks down the specifications and...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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.