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Terrafugia TF-X: A four-seater flying car

Tech | | May 9, 2013, 10:08 am
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TF-X is a hybrid electric flying car designed to revolutionise personal travel with advanced technology and intelligent vehicle systems that greatly simplify safe personal flight.

TF-X is a hybrid electric flying car designed to revolutionise personal travel with advanced technology and intelligent vehicle systems that greatly simplify safe personal flight.

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Everything from take-off, to flying, and eventual touch-down at the chosen destination will be handled automatically by the Terrafugia.

Everything from take-off, to flying, and eventual touch-down at the chosen destination will be handled automatically by the Terrafugia.

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It won't require a pilot's license to operate.

It won't require a pilot's license to operate.

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Stuck in traffic jam? Use your car's flying button. Seriously! US scientists have designed a next-gen flying car, Terrafugia TF-X, which is capable of taking off vertically and flying completely on its own. It could be on the roads within a decade.

Stuck in traffic jam? Use your car's flying button. Seriously! US scientists have designed a next-gen flying car, Terrafugia TF-X, which is capable of taking off vertically and flying completely on its own. It could be on the roads within a decade.

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The Terrafugia TF-X flying car can take off vertically and has a flying range of 805 km.

The Terrafugia TF-X flying car can take off vertically and has a flying range of 805 km.

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Once airborne, the two propellers fold back and propulsion is handled by an engine mounted behind the cockpit.

Once airborne, the two propellers fold back and propulsion is handled by an engine mounted behind the cockpit.

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The manufacturers claim the TF-X is a plug-in hybrid. Electric motors handle road driving, and assist during takeoff and landing.

The manufacturers claim the TF-X is a plug-in hybrid. Electric motors handle road driving, and assist during takeoff and landing.

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Terrafugia claims its road-legal and highly automated flying car could be on the road (and in the air) within 8-12 years. Terrafugia estimates it takes just five hours of practise to learn to drive and fly a TF-X.

Terrafugia claims its road-legal and highly automated flying car could be on the road (and in the air) within 8-12 years. Terrafugia estimates it takes just five hours of practise to learn to drive and fly a TF-X.

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The TF-X calculates the total distance, and determines whether there is suitable fuel range.

The TF-X calculates the total distance, and determines whether there is suitable fuel range.