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This is the Terrafugia flying car that can take off and land vertically

by | Last updated on Aug 12, 2022 at 3:40PM | Published on Jul 13, 2022 | Travel

This is the Terrafugia TF-X, a flying car concept that will be able to take off and land vertically. 

The TF-X will be a hybrid electric flying car that can seat four passengers and reach speeds of 320km/h (200mph). 

The car has retractable wings which fold into the body of the car when driving and unfurl when preparing to take off. 

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Because the car can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, there is no need for a runway. 

This means you will be able to take off and land practically anywhere. 

According to Terrafugia, the driver will simply need to tell the car where to go, and it will fly for you. 

One megawatt of power will then lift the car off the ground and a ducted fan will thrust it through the air.

The TF-X will have a cruising speed of 320km/h and 800km (500 miles) of range. 

That could get you from New York to Toronto, Canada. 

Terrafugia also says it will be totally autonomous in the air.

All the driver will need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

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Once the Terrafugia flying car reaches cruising speeds, the propellers will automatically fold down – making it more aerodynamic in the air. 

And when you reach your final destination, the car will of course land itself.

This will give the driver plenty of time to wake up from their in-flight nap. 

Once it lands, the wings will fold into the body and it will become road-worthy again. 

From there, the driver will be able to drive it home, and fit it neatly inside their carpark. 

Door-to-door travel – you can only imagine the convenience. 

While the Terrafugia TF-X hasn’t yet made it to production, the concept of flying cars has officially become reality. 

Slovakian company Klein Official created its AirCar and was given an official certificate of airworthiness by the Slovak Transport Authority this year. 

The AirCar was given the green light after 70 hours of rigorous testing. 

So despite 2022 not looking exactly how we imagined it, we do officially have flying cars. 

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