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    Default Flying Car Approved For Road Use




    Well, this is certainly one way to avoid rush hour traffic.
    Terrafugia's flying car, the Transition, has been officially approved for driving on roads and highways. The driver-slash-pilot can now fly between local airports and drive on any road.
    On June 30, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted special exemptions for the "roadable aircraft." According to Terrafugia's press release, the Transition is the "first combined flying-driving vehicle to receive such special consideration from the Department of Transportation since the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards came into being in the 1970s."
    However, several design issues and third-party supply restraints have seemingly stalled production of the Transition from 2011 to 2012, according to Autoblog.
    The Register reports that even more challenges may be ahead for the vehicle:

    Despite a helpful weight exemption from the aerial feds, according to the new spec a fully-fuelled Transition will be able to lift only 330lb of passengers and payload: it can't get airborne carrying two normal American men. Also the price has ballooned from $148k to $250k.
    The Transition's manufacturer, Terrafugia, Inc. (pronounced ter-ra-FOO-gee-ah) is a small Massachusetts-based aerospace company founded by pilot-engineers from MIT. The company's name is Latin for "escape from land."
    The Transition vehicle passed its first flight test in 2009, and Terrafugia released an updated design called the "next generation Transition" in 2010.
    Check out the flying-to-driving conversion, safety features, and other specs (below). Visit Terrafugia's website to learn more about this flying roadster.
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    Only fits 330 pounds of passengers. Logans girlfriend weighs 350 so he will have to fly solo!

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    Should be called Terrafugly-a in my opinion, but it's amazing to see that these kinds of developments are possible. One can only guess how long it will be before we live in an era of where your kids will be begging you for the new Aero-X convertible... Ah the future..

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    gotta to be kidding...kids are nowaday can't fricking drive the normal automobile and you want them to fly and drive at the same time. If that the case then we are better increase our home insurance just incase they decide to come home early to beat the curfew from the friends party.

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    At 250k I doubt you will see to many on the road or in the sky lmao.

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    basicly you need two licenses, pilot and automobile....average Joes can't afford to take a flying lesson.

    Well, good innovation but not particle.

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    I wonder how many drivers will be texting in this vehicle?





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    Autopilot ftw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    I wonder how many drivers will be texting in this vehicle?






    Jim, that's the main reason your not allowed to buy one, and don't even think of asking me to get you a sample lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor_Death View Post
    Jim, that's the main reason your not allowed to buy one, and don't even think of asking me to get you a sample lol

    Cmon Stan, Thats not fair!

    I bet you will review this one.



    LOL Auto pilot!


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