Flying cars to hit the air in 2019?

Flying cars to hit the air in 2019?
Flying cars could race out of the realms of sci-fi and into the air above the UK’s roads sooner than previously thought, after a recent deal between two auto companies.

Geely, Volvo’s parent company, has bought innovative start-up Terrafugia, which aims to bring its flying cars to market in 2019.

The Terrafugia Transition can fly up to 10,000 feet above the ground and has been approved by the US’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be certified as a Light Sport Aircraft

The ‘street-legal plane’, as it has been described, can carry two travellers and will have a range of 400 miles.

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Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by five award-winning graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since it was established, the company has made significant progress towards bringing flying cars to the market – delivering a number of working prototypes.

As well as launching the first flying car in 2019, it aims to have the first vertical take-off and landing car (VTOL) available by 2023.

The TF-X will only require a standard driver’s licence to operate it in the US and is partially electric powered. It will have a range of 500 miles and a cruise speed of 200mph.

It’s expected to cost roughly the same as a luxury car, once full production is up and running and, handily, will fit in standard garage or parking space.

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Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Founder and Chairman Li Shufu said: “The team at Terrafugia have been at the forefront of believing in and realising the vision for a flying car and creating the ultimate mobility solution.

“This is a tremendously exciting sector and we believe that Terrafugia is ideally positioned to change mobility as we currently understand it and herald the development of a new industry in doing so.

“Our investment in the company reflects our shared belief in their vision and we are committed to extending our full support to Terrafugia, leveraging the synergies provided by our international operations and track record of innovation, to make the flying car a reality.”

Earlier this month it was reported that Airbus has plans to test its flying car, the Vahana, by the end of the year. The company is aiming to have autonomous electric cars in the skies by 2020.

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