Terrafugia intends on putting its Transition flying car on the market in 2019 for an as yet undisclosed sum, CNET reports.
The Transition was first shown to the world more than six years ago, and while the project did seem dead in the water for some time, the company received a serious boost last year when it was purchased by Geely.
Terrafugia’s creation is curious, to say the least. The company claims that it has been “designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground.” It is officially dubbed a “folding-wing, two-seat roadable aircraft” and is one of just a host of proposed flying aircraft to pop up over recent years. Even Aston Martin jumped on the bandwagon a few days ago.
When in flying mode, the Terrafugia Transition runs on typical automotive gasoline, has a cruising range of 400 miles (643 km/h) and can fly at up to 100 mph (160 km/h). The company has been slightly less forthcoming about how the Transition will perform on the road, but claims it will be capable of driving at highway speeds.
The company says it has logged hundreds of hours of flying time in its host of prototypes, which makes its 2019 target seem attainable.
While some companies are actively pursuing the idea of flying cars, many believe they will play no significant role in the future of transportation. One of these people is Elon Musk, who believes flying cars could “guillotine” people.