Even though you still can't place a pre-order in the US for a Nintendo Wii or PlayStation 3, you can already make a deposit to guarantee your very own flying car, which is not set to make its debut until 2009. Terrafugia, the start-up who's working on the car (called the "Transition"), is marketing their futuristic concept at those who need to make inter-state commutes often.
From their site's FAQ: "The Transition is not intended for use by short-distance commuters (under 100miles), by people running errands, or any trip through city traffic or under 100 miles. Instead, the Transition will be filling a currently underserved niche in transportation. If you travel between 100 and 500 miles at a stretch, particularly if your trip is either starting or ending in a more suburban or rural area, then the Transition is for you."It will supposedly be able to get 30 miles per gallon, both on ground and in the air. You'll of course need to get a pilot's license to be able to legally operate the vehicle. Since you need to have a long runway to take off (it's more like a small sports plane than a helicopter), you'll likely not be able to just soar into the sky if you run into a traffic jam.
The Transition is set to be released in 2009 at a sticker price of $148,000, which is amazingly reasonable. However, you can expect to pay a heck of a lot more insurance for this baby than you're paying for your current car.
Terrafugia via Sci Fi Tech
Report Published by: Mark Raby