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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:19 PM

It's HERE! Your flying car!



Terrafugia wants to add “vertical take-off and landing” to your daily routine. The aerospace company just released the outer mold line for the TF-X, an awe-inspiring four-seat hybrid car with wings and computer-controlled flight. No runway is needed as twin electric motor pods fold out from each side of the vehicle and a megawatt of power lifts you into the air vertically, while you sit back and finally get to live out your childhood dreams of being on The Jetsons.

The Massachusetts-based company, founded in 2006 by MIT-trained engineers and MBAs, has lofty goals for the TF-X: The vehicle will have a non-stop flight range of 500 miles, fit in a standard single car garage, and recharge its batteries at electric car charging stations. It will be capable of "auto-landing" at approved sites and automatically avoid other air traffic, bad weather, and restricted airspace. Pricing will be similar to that of very high-end luxury cars today. Best of all, learning how to operate the TF-X should take no more than five hours, and flight controls will be similar to steering a regular car.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/auto/terrafugias-tf-x-a-four-seater-hybrid-electric-flying-car/computer-controlled-flight/slideshow/49223382.cms

Described as, "Freakish-Looking Flying Car With Folding Wings In driving mode, the Aska looks something like what might happen if the Batmobile and a Delorean had a baby"

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Reply It's HERE! Your flying car! (Original post)
Bayard Jun 2019 OP
Shell_Seas Jun 2019 #1
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #8
Solly Mack Jun 2019 #2
BSdetect Jun 2019 #3
Maven Jun 2019 #4
Celerity Jun 2019 #5
SeattleVet Jun 2019 #12
mountain grammy Jun 2019 #6
Ohiogal Jun 2019 #7
dameatball Jun 2019 #9
JudyM Jun 2019 #23
tymorial Jun 2019 #10
pnwmom Jun 2019 #11
BumRushDaShow Jun 2019 #13
TheBlackAdder Jun 2019 #14
chowder66 Jun 2019 #15
csziggy Jun 2019 #16
lunatica Jun 2019 #18
csziggy Jun 2019 #19
lunatica Jun 2019 #20
FakeNoose Jun 2019 #22
hunter Jun 2019 #17
FakeNoose Jun 2019 #21

Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:22 PM

1. Just imagine all of the wrecks over your house, instead of on the road....No thanks!

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:56 PM

8. Yes

When self-driving automobile technology is finally perfected to the point where there are essentially no vehicle accidents any more, then we can talk about going from two dimensions to three.

Today's NYC copter crash tells us that there are too many things already flying around up there.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:25 PM

2. Want!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:28 PM

3. Wonder if they use some new metamaterial.

Super light weight, super tough, easily repaired, cheap to produce?

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:29 PM

4. Did anyone else laugh at the sight of that thing backing out of the garage?

LOL.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:29 PM

5. this says it is driverless, eeeeek

terrafugia's driverless flying car concept remedies future traffic anxiety

https://www.designboom.com/technology/terrafugia-tf-x-flying-car-07-21-2015/

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Response to Celerity (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:42 PM

12. Driverless, in this instance, may be a good thing!

The drivers around here have enough trouble handling movement in 2 directions. I can't imagine the carnage that may result when they are required to add a 3rd dimension to their lack of skills!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:30 PM

6. About stinking time!!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 05:36 PM

7. I can just picture

George Jetson driving it!

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:17 PM

9. I bought a 2014 truck off the showroom and paid around $48,000. In two years it had three recalls.

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Nothing major, but any of them could have caused some possibility of injury. This type of thing crosses many brands. I see no reason to think that flying cars will be much different plus the birds will be much larger than the bugs on the windshield and that pesky gravity will be a problem. I wonder if it is too late for me to go to law school.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:57 AM

23. Right. At 200mph how is it going to avoid birds?

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:29 PM

10. It's all fun and games until someone flies into the roof of your house

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:39 PM

11. And they can join the drones flying over the Great Wall of Trump. nt

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:51 PM

13. I'll wait

for the Jetsons' "compact" model -



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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:57 PM

14. It's a small V-22 Osprey. . . It will just leave a small puddle of blood when it crashes.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:22 PM

15. What happens when a bird collides with the blades... besides being traumatic and gross? nt

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:32 PM

16. OK - where are the doors?

Do you have to climb over the housing for the propellers to get in and out of it?

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Response to csziggy (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:50 PM

18. I noticed they didn't show that part

I’m wondering the same thing about the space for the propellers. Does the top open like the trunk of a car? Why wouldn’t they say?

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Response to lunatica (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:58 PM

19. They're still working on the concept

I remember an old car that the entire front opened - that might be a good way for egress on this thing.

Here it is!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #19)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 09:04 PM

20. Exiting looks pretty awkward from this car

And even a minor head on collision would hurt.

It’s kind of cute though.

Thanks!

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Response to csziggy (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 09:36 PM

22. Looks like riders climb in through the back of it

Nobody has to sit in the front, because there are no drivers.



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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:42 PM

17. My preferred means of transportation is walking.

Next, bicycles and sailing.

Last, electric railroad.

This isn't on my list.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 09:32 PM

21. I really wanted to see George Jetson get out of the car

... going to work at Spacely Sprockets.

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