By Ryan Flexman -
From science fiction to reality, a flying car has made its first flight.
With four wheels, two seats and two wings that can fold up, a flying car called The Transition, made by Terrafugia, made it possible to go from the road, to the air in a matter of seconds.
The car made it’s first flight March 23 at the New York Auto show, flying for eight minutes straight at over 1,400 feet above the ground. For those eight minutes, the car stayed within the area it was supposed to which demonstrated the high control level of the plane.
But it’s not quite what the Jetsons had in mind.
If stuck in traffic, the driver of The Transition can’t just magically start floating into the air. In order for it to take flight, it needs a runway to start gaining speed to start into the air. The car can go up to 70 MPH on the road, and 115 MPH in the air while getting 35 miler per gallon.
The Transition may seem a bit dangerous to some people, so in case of emergency while in the air, the car comes with a full vehicle parachute.
The price for the new flying commuter car is a whopping $279,000 – not exactly within most working people’s budgets.
“I don’t think it will be a very popular product, like I can’t really think of anyone who would want to spend that much money on something like that,” said Jena Lacock, referring to the Transition.
Not everyone agree with Lacock, considering around 100 people already put down a $10,000 deposit on the car.
Terrafugias’ goal is to be fully selling this car within the next year, making it the first flying car to be sold in stores.
“It’s going to be a crazy world” said Lacock, “once the flying cars are a normal household thing, and flying is a normal thing, the skies will be an unorganized and dangerous place.”
The police officers will be in for another training sequence, so that the skies can be patrolled somewhat like it is on the ground today.