Terrafugia "Flying Car" Passes Test No. 1
The Terrafugia Transition is more of a drivable plane than it is a flying car, but it is a trailblazer in the industry nonetheless. At 225 inches long, 80 inches high, and 90 inches wide, it is a little bit awkward. The length is a little bit shorter than your average four-door pickup truck, as is its height. At 90 inches wide – 11 inches wider than a Ram 1500 – it is really not suited for cruising down a country road.
All of that said, this is still an innovative vehicle and it looks like it’s close to finally bringing us to the reality of cars that can fly. The Terrafugia Transition has been under development for what seems like forever, and it is finally undergoing FAA testing. Just recently, it passed the first round of in-flight testing, leaving just five more test rounds to go, then it needs to pass driving safety regulations.
From the looks of things, the Terrafugia Transition is a sure thing, as the company is already taking $10,000 reservations for it, and is saying that it anticipates a one- to two-year lead time until it is delivered.
Like we said, this is not your daily driver car, it is something that will be convenient to drive to the airport and fly somewhere, as opposed to having to store it in a hangar. This is, however, a solid step in the right direction of flying cars. Given the automotive world’s copycat nature, other companies will be quick to take Terrafugia’s technology and find out how to make it more compact and drivable, once all of the testing is complete.
Now, will we ever be able to flip our wheels inward and take off Back to the Future style? Probably not in my or your lifetime, but one day it is possible and they will look back on this Terrafugia as the car that spawned it all, given it doesn’t fall out of the sky on one of its tests.