This Flying Car Will Be Ready for Take-Off By 2018

Because self-driving vehicles are so 2016.



The Terrafugia flying car has been talked about for a number of years. But the Massachusetts-based company now says that a full-size prototype of its four-passenger TF-X is expected to be ready for testing by 2018—but won’t be available for sale until 2025.

Driven by a 300 hp engine, the futuristic, $260,000 vehicle will have a cruising speed of 200 mph along with a 500-mile flight range, meaning it would get you to work a hell of a lot faster than anything driving on the road. It’s equipped with fold-out wings with twin electric motors attached to each end that deploy once it takes off.


With the wings folded, the TF-X is compact enough to be parked in the garage and it can use ordinary streets for takeoff and landing—provided, we assume, that they’re free of traffic. 

You won’t need a pilot’s license, given that the car will be semi-autonomous and can steer itself, though you’ll be able to override any bad decisions. A scale model is currently being tested at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and if all goes according to plan, you’ll be making like George Jetson in no time.


Jared Paul Stern