Terrafugia, a US-based small aircraft manufacturer, is building its first flying car, and has revealed that it hopes to begin testing it as soon as 2018. The TF-X is a hybrid electric flying car, which can carry four people, has unfolding wings with twin-mounted electric motors on either sides to propel the vehicle in the air, and is capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). The TF-X can fly at speeds of 200mph for up to 500 miles.
The driver of the TF-X won’t need a pilot’s licence – just a standard driver’s licence – since the vehicle is semi-autonomous; you only need to tell the TF-X to take off and land at a designated spot. Prospective buyers need only take a weekend-long training course to operate the craft.
Following rigorous testing from 2018 onwards, Terrafugia hopes to make the TF-X available for sale by 2025. The Federal Aviation Administration has already given Terrafugia approval to test the TF-X within the US.