It is quite a common thought that flashes in everyone’s mind while being struck in bumper-to- bumper traffic on an endless way that your car could take off and start flying over the road.Wow, isn’t it a great thought that will save you from the asphalt. Today with more number of vehicles than the people on road, traffic jam has become a bane for commuters. Everyday hours and hours of time is wasted on commuting and commuters are simply clueless to get out of this problem. The fast pace with which our population is growing is partly to blame for the congested roads but the actual reason is the limited transportation system, which is unable to meet the increasing demands. To find solution of this major problem, a company called Terrafugia is creating a new type of transportation, which does not rely on roads.
To bring solace in the life of innumerable number of commuters, Terrafugia, a company founded by MIT aerospace engineers based in Massachusetts is on the verge of introducing a flying car to this world. In the end of the last year the Federal Aviation Administration has just approved test flights for this amazing flying car. The FAA has given its approval to test an unmanned version of flying car that will be about a tenth of the size of original model. A full sized unmanned prototype of the flying car is expected to be developed by the year 2018 that will catalyse a revolution in personal mobility. The motive behind the flying car is to provide true door-to-door transportation with the vehicle, which can be easily parked in a home garage like an ordinary car.
The power of modern embedded system will finally push the dream of this flying vehicle into reality within the course of few years. The flying car will have fold-out wings with twin electric motors attached to each end. It is due to these motors that the flying car will be able to move from a vertical to horizontal position and it will be powered by a 300 horsepower engine. Thrust to the car will be provided by a ducted fan and vehicle will have a speed of 322 km/h. The flying car will be semi-autonomous and will use computer-controls. Passengers simply have to type in a destination before taking off finally. The operator of the vehicle will guide about the landing zone and will help passengers to land in a safe place, as the vehicle may abort the landing attempt of passengers if it is not safe to land.