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    Terrafugia unveils next-generation flying car | Fox News

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    It’s a flying car!

    At least more than the last one was.

    Terrafugia, creators of the Transition street-legal airplane, have unveiled their vision for the next generation of personal aircraft, the TF-X.

    The TF-X is closer to being a direct replacement for the automobile than the Transition, which features retractable wings that allow it to be driven on public roads and is primarily intended for use as a conventional aircraft that takes off and lands from an airport runway.

    It’s also a hybrid, in more ways than one.

    Although it flies like a fixed-wing aircraft, the four-seat TF-X was designed to take off and land vertically with the help of collapsible, electrically-powered rotors mounted on the ends of its fold-up wings. They draw their energy from a battery pack of yet-to-be-determined size and chemistry that can either be charged via an electrical outlet, or by the gas turbine engine that powers a rear-mounted propeller when the TF-X is in flight.

    On the ground, the TF-X is propelled by electric motors in the wheels that are also run off of the battery pack, or in series hybrid mode where the turbine generates electricity after the battery charge is depleted.

    A pilot’s license will still be required to fly the TF-X, but Terrafugia says a five-hour training session is all it will take to learn how to operate the vehicle. However, the idea is that you won’t have to do much of the flying at all.

    Thanks to the FAA’s NextGen program, which will require all aircraft to be equipped with satellite transponders sending their exact location to a centralized air traffic management system starting in 2020, the TF-X could be able to fly entirely by itself from takeoff to landing. The pilot will still be ultimately responsible for the operation of the vehicle, and can fly it manually, but shouldn’t need to do more than enter a destination into a navigation system, sit back and enjoy the ride.

    A 500-mile range is planned along with a top speed of 200 mph, and a built-in parachute will bring it safely to the ground in the event of any major mechanical failures along the way.

    But don’t plan to impress the neighbors by lifting off from your driveway just yet. Terrafugia says the powerful prop wash of the TF-X will require a clear 100-foot diameter zone for takeoffs and landings, which will likely need to be regulated like helicopter pads are today. Terrafugia envisions more of these being established by cities and towns with the advent of vehicles like the TF-X.

    They’ll have plenty of time to sort it out. Terrafugia figures it’ll be 8 to 10 years before the TF-X makes it from the drawing board to the skies, and even the Transition is still a couple of years away from entering production. The company is aiming to start delivering the $279,000 vehicles in early 2015.
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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    Sounds cool. Traffic accidents would be pretty gruesome, though. Well, moreso than they already are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    Traffic accidents would be pretty gruesome, though. Well, moreso than they already are.
    I just hope they arnt getting parts from toyota that had the gas pedal recall. nothing like aircraft with the gas pedal stuck...
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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    Wonder if put on the roads... Reminds me of some special Ridge Racer cars.

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    Maybe they can make one like in Harry Potter. Or like Draco's black Mercedes-Benz that has 666 on it (haha, My Immortal reference).
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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    I've seen designs for flying cars as early as 12 years ago, so this doesn't excite me that much, especially since it's still about 10 years off from being a reality.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    Sounds cool. Traffic accidents would be pretty gruesome, though. Well, moreso than they already are.
    Maybe, but they'd also be rarer. Having that extra airspace would mean less congestion and less chance of collisions. Of course, there'd still be plenty of idiots that get into accidents by texting while flying, but that's going to happen with any vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zakisrage View Post
    Maybe they can make one like in Harry Potter. Or like Draco's black Mercedes-Benz that has 666 on it (haha, My Immortal reference).
    I think I'd prefer a flying DeLorean, myself.

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    I can't wait for Top Gear to review it.
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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    That's nice.

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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    The article specifically states that it's not a "true" flying car, just closer to being one than the company's last model.

    (though, y'know, cars require licenses too...)

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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    The article specifically states that it's not a "true" flying car, just closer to being one than the company's last model.

    (though, y'know, cars require licenses too...)
    That it does, however the title and the comments above mine imply otherwise.
    That's nice.

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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    Flying cars probably will require a pilot's license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolt the Cat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    Flying cars probably will require a pilot's license.
    Then they aren't really "flying cars" as we commonly think of them. More like airplanes that happen to be street legal.
    That's nice.

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    Default Re: Terrafugia unveils...the Flying Car

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    Flying cars probably will require a pilot's license.
    Then they aren't really "flying cars" as we commonly think of them. More like airplanes that happen to be street legal.
    Actually, I'd assume any car with the ability to fly would require a drivers' and pilot's license. Driving and flying are two whole different animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bolt the Cat View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheMissingno. View Post
    It still requires runways and a pilot's license... That's not a flying car.
    Flying cars probably will require a pilot's license.
    Then they aren't really "flying cars" as we commonly think of them. More like airplanes that happen to be street legal.
    Actually, I'd assume any car with the ability to fly would require a drivers' and pilot's license. Driving and flying are two whole different animals.
    Again, it's not really a "flying car" then as we think about it, it's an airplane that is street legal. The problem with a pilot's license is that they are expensive and time consuming to get and relatively few people have them, whereas a driver's license is easy to get and nearly everyone has one. We think of a flying car as something that the average person can get and will change the driving infrastructure in a Back to the Future 2/Blade Runner/Fifth Element sort of way. If you need runways and pilot's licenses, then it won't really work that way.
    That's nice.

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