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The 1st flying car is made by Terrafugia, but it's more of a light weight plane vs car design. Here is The Transition

http://www.terrafugia.com/aircraft/transitionR

The one cool thing about it, you can drive it home, and you don't have to leave it at the airport. AkA the flying car part.

NEXT...................

From the same company comes there gen 2 model, and it will be available in 2 years.

Here is the TF-X

http://www.terrafugia.com/tfx-vision

I think I will wait on the Gen 2 model. No airport needed.
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# 2
05-08-2013, 09:37 AM
Normally, I see the neat factor in such innovations. But I became pessimistic the more I looked this over. I'm not seeing the practical application.

I can't help but think of the transit buses with hydraulic ramps. For disabled passengers to use. City buses are under constant maintenance to keep such things in steady operation. With buses being replaced mid-route should a ramp refuse to open or close at a bus stop.

Should a flying car - such as this design - become common,
I have this vision of one-winged cars hogging the street when their wing hydraulic is in disrepair. And since they are personal vehicles, it will be a fight to regulate them. Will we have flying tow-trucks or helicopters to get the disabled car off the road?


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# 3
05-08-2013, 10:03 AM
No need for flying tow trucks, just call the local towing company, and tey will send over a flatbed truck. Now if you break down and land on top of a building that's a different story.
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# 4
05-08-2013, 10:30 AM
Let's hope this doesn't go the way of the Aerocar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerocar
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