Friday, July 2, 2010

Dear Avery Brooks: Your Flying Car is Here

Remember the old IBM commercial with Avery Brooks asking, "Where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars."? And then he concludes, "You don't need flying cars" because you've got the Internet. Apparently the company Terrafugia disagrees, and so, it's offering a flying car for sale. According to the Huffington Post:
The company Terrafugia, based in Woburn, Mass., says it plans to deliver its car-plane, the Transition, to customers by the end of 2011. It recently cleared a major hurdle when the Federal Aviation Administration granted a special weight limit exemption to the Transition. ... the car-plane has wings that unfold for flying – a process the company says takes one minute – and fold back up for driving. ... The Transition is being marketed more as a plane that drives than a car that flies, although it is both.
You'll need a runway to get this sucker off the ground. Keep that in mind.

The HuffPo article puts the price at $194,00, more than a Hyundai. Computerworld says a two-seater will set you back about $148,000, and you'll need a sports pilot license to fly it.

Here's video of a test flight.


msladyDeborah said...

Avery had that all wrong!
Forget a flying car, give me Rosie!
That's right, Rosie.
After a hard day at work I want to come home and be greeted by Rosie.
I want my home clean, dinner ready and all my errands completed.

I'm not excited about a flying car.
There are enough scary drivers on the pavement already. But, Rosie-now that's my idea of 21st Century progress.

Vérité Parlant said...

That's what I've thought. If more people had flying cars, life would be a nightmare. :-) There would have to be a network of forcefields or something that prevented people from veering out of their lanes and prevented from flying over houses. I don't see that happening anytime soon.