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Flying Cars on the Anvil

Soon we will see traffic jams in the sky. Thanks to the technology fueled by Terrafugia, flying cars will start to zoom past your ears. If you thought that the new set of cars will be based on Robin Williams’ Flubber, you are not way off. Except, this one has wings to go along with it.

The flying car is christened Terrafugia Transition and will see the light of day sometime during the last quarter of 2011. It is expected to cost $195,500 and the company is asking for $10,000 deposit up front. When the car is airborne, the speed of the vehicle is estimated at 115 mph. The car is powered by 100 hp Rotax 912S engine with a payload of around 430 lbs.

The technology and production are in place, and the only other deterrent seems to have paved way as well. US Federal Air Authority have provided a special weight exemption for the Terrafugia Transition. This is an important thing to note because it is usually difficult to obtain a street-legal car manufacturing license in the US due to higher safety measures, and the Terrafugia Transition seems to have managed to get it.

via Tech Pedia

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