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By: T. Cahill
Washington, D.C. (Jun 2) – While the generation that grew up anticipating its hover car that has yet to make an appearance or jet pack to zoom from spot to spot, new technology is in the offing. At a price.
Terrafugia, of Woburn, Massachusetts, is planning delivery of their car-plane by the end of 2011. To enable the company to proceed with their plans, FAA approval was needed. The FAA has granted Terrafugia a weight limit special exception.
The new car-plane, plane-car, called the Transition, will require a runway for those wishing to lift off. However, it will also perform like all automobiles do, using roadways. Terrafugia’s market will center around pilots in particular. The main thrust of their marketing plan includes the idea of driving one’s car to an airport, and then lifting off from there.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also requires the Transition to meet safety regulations for vehicles.
Cited as the “wow” form of transportation of the future, outstripping even the Ferrari, the Transition’s unique design has wings that fold in and fold out. The time to turn the Transition from automobile to airplane is approximately one minute.