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Vertical Takeoff Plugin Hybrid Flying Car in the Works

Even for the generations raised on sci-fi and futurist media, the idea of a flying car still seems quite far-fetched, but one company is not only making progress on the concept, they’re actually planning to develop a plugin hybrid version that is capable of vertical takeoffs and landings.

Terrafugia, the company behind the Transition street-legal airplane, has announced their intentions to build the TF-X, which they say is “designed to be the flying car for all of us”.

The TF-X is planned to be able to carry four people, with a flight range of 500 miles, and can be operated either manually or with computerized assistance, allowing for “auto-landings.” And it will fit into a standard single car garage, so there’s no need for a hangar and airstrip to own one.

According to their website, learning how to pilot the TF-X “should take an average driver no more than five hours”, but it may be best to take that information with a grain of salt, as we’re talking about flying an airplane here, not learning how to drive a Segway.

Before you pull out your wallet, keep in mind that Terrafugia believes that it will still be some 8 to 12 years before the product will be ready for production. However, if you’re bound and determined to have a flying car (or a driving airplane, if you will), then you may want to get on the list for one of the company’s Transition models.

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