Vamien McKalin/Flying cars – it is something we view as more interesting than driverless cars. Who want cars driving us around when we can get in a car capable of flying us from one destination to the next?
Terrafugia is working to make this a possibility in the coming years. Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Terrafugia’s plan to test its flying cars in U.S. airspace. If everything goes according to plan, the world could be on the brink of finally mimicking “The Jetsons.”
For those who might not have the slightest idea about The Jetsons, well, it was a cartoon series from the early 1960s. It depicted humans living in a futuristic world. Some were even living in space with flying cars, automatic doors, and robots doing the dirty work, among other things.
According to the report, Terrafugia is planning to test its TF-X flying car for development and research purposes. The car, which was announced back in 2013, is only 2 feet long where the test model is concerned, and it weighs in at around 55 pounds.
“It’s a significant milestone in the development of the program and we’re really excited to be moving forward,” said Terrafugia spokesperson Dagny Dukach.
The company aims to test if the car’s hover capability is sufficient enough. Furthermore, we understand that flight data will be gathered to help forge future design choices.
We know that Terrafugia is restricted to testing its flying car at speeds under 100MPH, and cannot fly over 400-feet.
Terrafugia has shown off a concept of its planned flying car. At the moment, the company does not have a fully working, full-made design. However, the concept does look tantalizing. If it does get made, this flying car should be able to fly at speeds up to 200MPH, and also should be able to do this automatically.