Posted on 2018-10-04 12:40:05
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It’s not a fantasy anymore seeing a flying car pass by your home as we have seen in a lot of movies. The world’s first two-seat, a hybrid-electric vehicle has been scheduled for its pre-sale from October 2018. Manufactured by Terrafugia, a Chinese-owned company based in Massachusetts and acquired by VOLVO. Transition, as named by the company can switch between driving and flying in less than a minute and will be delivered to its customers next year. The vehicle can fly up to 640 KMs at a top speed of 160 KM/H. According to a Chinese news agency Xinhua, the price has not been finalized but the initial sales of this revolutionary vehicle will begin in October 2018.
The company has loaded the vehicle with a hybrid-electric engine, more baggage room, advanced and upgraded seats, better seat-belts and airbags along with a rear-view camera, a parachute system, and a BOOST mode which will give a burst of extra power during flight. Federal Aviation Administration has already certified Transition as a Light Sports Aircraft in 2016. Not only this, but Transition also meets the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration standards, but you will have to have a Private Pilot License to fly the Transition.
The fold-out wings weigh around 1300 pounds, fixed landing gears, and it can fly to a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet.
The company is also working on TF-X, a four-seater vehicle will be controlled by a computer so that passengers can enter their destination before a flight. The company spokesperson said, “The TF-X won't require an airport for takeoff and landing, and it will drive on all roads and highways - providing the convenience of true door-to-door transportation,”.
Terrafugia’s CEO, Chris Jaran, in a meeting in July said “Developing this new technology has allowed us to test several different mechanisms and generate process improvements along the way.
'We are at the critical point where we can implement the best design features based on years of flight and drive testing.
'This will improve function, safety and aesthetics for the optimal flying and driving experience."