100 People Ready to Buy $279K Flying Car
Terrafugia's Transition completes first flight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 3, 2012 9:19 AM CDT
Updated Apr 7, 2012 12:00 PM CDT
This March 23, 2012 photo provided by Terrafugia Inc. shows the company's prototype flying car, dubbed the Transition, during its first flight.   ((AP Photo/Terrafugia.com) MANDATORY CREDIT)

(Newser) – Meet George Jetson: Terrafugia yesterday announced that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company, based in Woburn, Mass., closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year. The vehicle—dubbed the Transition—has two seats, four wheels, and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. Last month, it flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes (to put things in perspective, commercial jets fly at 35,000 feet).

Around 100 people have already put down a $10,000 deposit to get a Transition when they go on sale, and those numbers will likely rise after Terrafugia introduces the Transition to the public later this week at the New York Auto Show. Terrafugia says an owner would need to pass a test and complete 20 hours of flying time to be able to fly the Transition, which can reach around 70mph on the road and 115mph in the air. But don't expect it to show up in too many driveways. It's expected to cost $279,000. And it won't help if you're stuck in traffic: The car needs a runway.

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May 20, 2012 7:29 AM CDT
I can't wait to hear about all the stupid embarrassing fatalities.
Apr 8, 2012 6:06 PM CDT
The concept of a flying car seems a little misleading.... it should be labeled "A plane that can drive" No one will be able to simply buy this thing and fly around without having a pilots license (legally at least), so in effect there is no difference between this and a regular personal plane other than the fact it is "legal" to drive on the road (which is pretty cool in itself)
Apr 8, 2012 3:35 PM CDT
I wonder if you'll have to submit your flight plan to the FAA... it could interfere with bigger planes taking off and trying to land, and you'll have to be able to communicate with the towers at the airports, and if you don't... here come the fighter jets...