Terrafugia TF-X is the Flying Car We've Been Waiting For
Ever wonder why we don't have flying cars yet? We seem to have the technology, so why are we not commuting like the Jetson's? Massachusetts-based Terrafugia is a company that appears to agree. The company, consisting of MIT graduates, set the motoring world abuzz with the Terrafugia Transition which was more of a drivable plane than a flying car. That two-passenger vehicle required long distances to take off and land, thus a pilot's license to venture on to a runway. The Woburn, MA-based company must have thought this was not nearly Jetson-y enough, as they have debuted a second, even more livable vehicle, dubbed the Terrafugia TF-X. The TF-X sounds better in every way. It doesn't require a pilot's license it can take off and land in short distances, and it can seat a full four people. Rather than the folding wings of the Transition, the TF-X opts for a pair of rotating blads, a la the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, used by the US Air Force and US Marine Corps. The Osprey had early growing pains, but as the controlling computers improved, so did the Osprey's stability. The TF-X, which is in its early design stages, would use a fly-by-wire system with advanced stability computers.
The Terrafugia TF-X is also going for alt-fuels. The rotors will be powered by electric motors, deriving charge from a gas generator, and the whole unit will function as a plug-in hybrid. In the near future, you could pull into your garage and plug in your TF-X overnight, flying to work the next morning. The future is now...well its pretty darn close!