Flying Car 2012

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Is this car for real? Yes. Will it drive on a normal road like a regular car? Yes. Will it really be released in 2012. Yes. Will we all be driving one in the next few years? Probably not unless your a millionaire. The car comes with a price tag of $US 279,000. Incidentally purchasing a small plane including upkeep and renting a place to have it stored would actually cost less than this car.

But there is no denying that a car that can drive on the road and fly in the sky is an incredible innovation and combined some serious complex technologies to make. This model, the Transition, which is to be released some time later this year by Terrafugia will run on a normal tank of gas. So on that commute to work in the morning there is no problem stopping at your local BP, mobile, shell or any other gas station.

Overall I would say it is a great idea but there are some drawbacks. Besides the high price which I've said before is much more expensive than simple owning a car and a plane you also must go and get a sport pilot license, but this only requires 20 hours of observed flight. Also before you get any ideas of flying your car of of any random road or highway you'll need to keep in mind that you can only take off from an airport. After all if you extended the side wings oncoming traffic would smash your left wing right off.

So you can drive on the road with other cars but must go to the airport before you take off. In retrospect the idea of simply owning your own small plan and driving your own car to the airport would be much more cost effective. Thus the main reason would be convenience. You can simply jump in your car and head to the airport, for that big business trip take off and land at an airport and then drive straight to the conference. It does beat waiting around for flights, or paying to have a plane stored when you can just keep it in your own garage.

There are a few things that would worry me and I would assume worry the authorities over this type of car however. High speed chases would take on a whole new meaning. If they think some road rage maniac can do some damage driving around a city imagine what he can do if he can fly away every time the police get close. I know some are thinking but they would have flying police cars, but how would they bring him down? A nice missile? Nothing like a flaming wreckage spewing across a residential area. I can also imagine a nice sunny day at an international border crossing lineup as the border guards look up to see a flying car illegally entering the country.

I have to admit though if I could own one I would. Would you? Let me know what you think.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I think this would be a great car to own, but would be limited in usage. You probably have to pay for runway usage, so that is out of the question for most people. This was a great read and enjoyed the topic much.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I too enjoyed reading about this outrageously priced car.

I would say this a vehicle for Jay Leno's collection.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

teaches12345 - true, you would most likely have fees for the runway. Usually you would be paying a flight center/school that have planes and have a contract with the airport. Not sure how it would work with a car but there would probably be fees for sure.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

writer20 - yeah Leno could probably afford it :)


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ronny2005 4 years ago from HubPages

This is awesome! I used to see about these types of cars in Discovery. I never thought this car would come out this early! Thanks for sharing!


Kieran Gracie 4 years ago

I still can't take these 'flying cars' seriously! Just imagine everyone in a jam on the LA Freeway deciding to take to the air - the jam would simply transfer upwards. Joking apart, I hope this flying auto manages to take off (commercially) this time. There is no knowing in what way it might develop.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

ronny2005 - yep the flying car now roadworthy for 2012! Pretty crazy!


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I recall that similar car planes were around over 50 years ago.

As a personal transport I would prefer an autogiro.

Still nice to see the idea being resurrected.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Kieran Gracie - true, I suppose it is sometimes the case with seemingly great new technology that is flops commercially or it can become huge. This could go either way but would have to grow substantially before normal people could buy them at lower prices I suppose.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

AlexK2009 - plane cars that were road legal 50 years ago? I should read up on that I never heard of that. Sounds interesting :)


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Terrektwo: I saw a photo in a childrens encyclopedia dated around 1960. I no longer have the book


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

AlexK2009 - I'll see if maybe I can find it online when I have a few moments, thanks for letting me know :)


Kieran Gracie 4 years ago

I agree with AlexK2009 - so-called flying cars have been around for many years. Not sure if any were ever road-legal, but I definitely remember seeing a photo of one airborne (and that was before the days of airbrushing!).


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Kieran Gracie - very cool to know :)


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

terrek, I read about such things years ago. I am pesimistic. Gravity is a vicious force, particularly here on Earth. Without a breakthrough in physics, anti-gravity or levitation, having the skies filled with vehicles like this poses endless dangers. When you think of all of the things that go wrong with our motor vehicles on the ground, it would be unacceptable at 1000 ft. above the ground. I think that it will remain a James Bond gee wiz novelty.....


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Oh yes, I would own one if I could. You are absolutely right, owning a private aircraft is a lot cheaper, and you can only takeoff and land at airports, but I look at it this way: Instead of worrying about the hassle of renting a car or getting service at an FBO, you simply fly in to the airport nearest your destination - maybe picking an uncontrolled and unfenced one so you don't have to pay for someone to greet you - and simply drive off the runway and onto the local roads to your hotel, conference or aunt Betty's. No hassle. Being the rebel that I am, if there are no airports nearby, I would even find country roads to land on and make sure there were no cops around when I did it, and that would be true freedom.

It's great that you examine the practical aspects of this machine - only the cost will keep me from buying one.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Alexander Mark - owning a plane would be cheaper for sure but it would be interesting to fly in a car :)


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Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

If I could own one would I? Perhaps as a collection piece. I don't think a flying car that doesn't take advantage of an alternative fuel or power source will become common place. So, if they don't make many of these, the value will probably rise over time.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

Eric Calderwood - I understand a flying car would be a great collectors item for the rich!


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johnmarsh098 4 years ago from New York, Smithtown

it's a great innovation..but as you said it it's for a millionaires and it would take a lots of years to be in general practical domain.


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terrektwo 4 years ago from North America Author

johnmarsh098 - yep, it is available but most normal people couldn't afford it.

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