“For 100 years, people have been dreaming about flying cars,” says, well, a promotion video that attempts to drum up investor interest for a flying car. Despite many attempts, we don’t see many flying cars, nether flying, nor driving. At TTAC, the story is as old as the old Farago-era layout. Fear not, flying cars will be here, real soon now, promise. One will even be at the New York Auto Show.
When Jack Baruth takes Manhattan, he will get a glance at the Terrafugia Transition. If that sounds kind of familiar to you, then that is because of said Farago-era article. The story is that old. There also was this one last year. You can already put a deposit on it (which will be appreciated by a cash hungry company.) $279,000 gets you one in 2013. Last year, it was said the Transition would be here this year. Oh well, time moves on. Speaking of moving, at 105 mph airspeed, the Terrafugia will be slower than much cheaper cars on land, especially with Jack on the wheel. Of the cheaper car.
In the Netherlands, a flying car that looks like a high-tech cockroach just finished its first test flights. The PAL-V is a three-wheeler with folding rotors. It is a gyrocopter, and it needs 540 feet of runway to get into the air.
Engadget says that PAL-V does not stand for a European television standard, but for Personal Air and Land Vehicle. A tank of regular is said to be good for 350 to 500 kilometers in the air and about 1,200 kilometers on the ground. It’s a lousy chick-magnet though: It only has one seat, and it does not recline fully. The PAL-V folks are looking for investors.