I firmly believe that we won’t be able to have flying cars until they’re cabable of doing all the navigating for us. I mean, look at how crazy people are on the ROADS – imagine what it would be like when the whole SKY is an option? Nonetheless, I crave a life like the Jetsons – with flying cars, dog-walking treadmills suspended outside, and a robotic maid that is both functional and adorable.
We’re two steps closer to the flying car. (SCROLL DOWN FOR THE VIDEOS!)
Not one, but TWO companies have announced that they’ve got a flying car ready for your driving/flying pleasure.
A company in the Netherlands called PAL-V (Personal Air and Land Vehicle) reports that it has completed some crucial test runs on the ground and in the air – now they’re looking for investors to get on board. (That’s the first video, show below.) If the project gets, ahem, ‘off the ground’ it will sell for 300,000 bucks.
Meanwhile, U.S. flying car company Terrafugia has also completed a successful test flight of its own flying car market prototype, the Transition. It will debut Friday at the New York International Auto Show, and will be available to buyers by the end of the year. It will cost $279,000, and according to the LA Times, the company said it has already received 100 orders.
Besides sharing the ability to drive on a road and fly in the air, the two vehicles don’t have much in common.
The Transition’s flying range is about 400 miles and can reach 105 mph in the air, but is reportedly more sluggish on the ground. (Think of it as an airplane that can drive, but you might not enjoy the driving part so much.)
The PAL-V flies in the air like a gyrocopter and can reach speeds of up to 110 mph on the ground and in the air.
Mind you, they’re not quite to coolness level of The Jetsons, but we’re getting closer! Okay, the filthy rich are getting closer… but closer still!
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