New York: The dream of owning a flying car has moved a step closer to reality - thanks to an ambitious engineering company based in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Terrafugia has released images of its next-generation flying car, the TF-X.
Capable of taking off vertically and flying completely on its own, this street-legal flying car won`t require a pilot`s license to operate, the New York Daily News reported.
With a flying range of 500 miles, once airborne, the two propellors fold back and propulsion is handled by an engine mounted behind the cockpit.
Everything from take-off, to flying, and eventual touch-down at your chosen destination will be handled automatically by the Terrafugia (pronounced: Terra-foo-gee-ah) TF-X flying car.
Terrafugia says the TF-X is a plug-in hybrid. Electric motors handle road driving, and assist during takeoff and landing.
The company claims that its road-legal and highly automated flying car could be on the road (and in the air) within 8-12 years.
The TF-X`s vast array of sensors and GPS monitors make flying to a destination as simple as punching in an address in today`s satellite-navigation devices.