If you thought you’d seen everything, guess again–that is, unless you’ve seen the Terrafugia Transition in action. It’s essentially a flying car touted as a “roadable aircraft” by the Massachusetts creators of the newfangled vessel. And if you haven’t seen this little baby yet, it is going to be displayed at the New York International Auto Show later this week. Jason Paur of Wired.com reports,
“There’s a flying car coming to the New York International Auto Show this week.
The Terrafugia Transition is a two-seat airplane with foldable wings, four wheels and turn signals. Over the past few years the Massachusetts company has called its creation a “roadable aircraft” and lately, a “street legal airplane.” But ahead of the Transition’s first appearance at an auto show, it’s perhaps more appropriate to simply call it what it is: a flying car.
Terrafugia and its Transition have been around for several years, but until now the company has largely stuck to the aviation community. But Terrafugia co-founder and CEO Carl Dietrich says that looking at the people who have placed orders for the $279,000 vehicle, they thought it would be worth looking outside the aviation world.
“We’ve noticed in our order backlog there are actually a fair number of people who are not currently pilots who are putting deposits down to order a Transition.”
So the company is coming to New York to gauge interest in a flying car from the non-pilot sector of the public, hoping the attraction of a flying car can create a few pilots and most importantly, customers.”
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It’s strange, I remember watching the Jetsons for the first time and thinking that someday (probably not when I was still around, but someday,) the world just might be on the flying car level. Crazy to believe that 2012 is the year of the flying car!