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I don't expect any to be mass produced untll 2014-2015 at 150-500k a piece.

 

Urban Aeronautics X-Hawk-possibly as big as a van. I'm not sure when this will come out but knowing flying car history I doubt before 2020.

http://en.wikipedia....onautics_X-Hawk

 

Next is the Moller 400-No they have been working for 40 freaking years on it and still haven't want on the market. So they saying 4 more years is hard for me to believe.

http://en.wikipedia....ler_Skycar_M400

 

Next is the terrafugia transition-This will need a run way of course but will be able to drive on the street. Based on current test and the speed of the development this and the switchblade is likely to be on the market within the 2013-2014 period!

 

http://en.wikipedia....ugia_Transition

 

Next is the switch-blade that will be pretty much a kit

http://en.wikipedia....son_Switchblade

 

 

http://en.wikipedia...._Aero_Skyblazer

 

 

A real gyo-copter-No little johny won't be flying it outside of his automated class room as this cost 300k!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAL-V

 

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The terafugia being that it being supported by the millitary to build a millitary flying vehilcal. I just have a hard time believeing they won't deviler.

 

The American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has shown an interest in the concept with a sixty five million dollar program called Transformer to develop a four place roadable aircraft by 2015. The vehicle is required to take off vertically, and have a 280 mile range. Terrafugia, AAI Corporation, and other Textron companies have been awarded the contract.[6]

 

Switchblade-Very likely.

 

Moller 200-600-Unlikely before 2015

 

Knowing the last 40 years I won't be holding my breath!


Edited by Matthew, 19 December 2012 - 12:32 PM.

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I bet on Terrafuglia. They already completed multiple test flights. 

 

Moller seems to be a scam ($100 million invested, you gotta be kidding). 

 

Don't forget this one: http://www.dailymail...ike-garage.html (mid-development stage). 



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you wont have flying cars until all cars changed to automatic driving system,you wont wanna see a drunk guy driving..atlest 30k-40k accident on wheels, on air? LOL 


I am not a fan of S.T show "just don't like it" ,Its boring like hell but I love to see cool technology in coming years.

i don't live in really great english countries like some you guys, im alittle indian,chinese,enbgrish ,mexican, leaf village and soul society .


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Flying cars have a few huge mountains to get over before they can become common.

1# Cost

2# Regelations.---->You honestly think our government is going to let the common man to have one? Forget it. The 1950's and early 1960's might of not cared about this but we certainly do.

 

Still it's hard for me not to predict a 2030-2050 period were "some" do have flying cars.



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Flying cars have a few huge mountains to get over before they can become common.

1# Cost

2# Regelations.---->You honestly think our government is going to let the common man to have one? Forget it. The 1950's and early 1960's might of not cared about this but we certainly do.

 

Still it's hard for me not to predict a 2030-2050 period were "some" do have flying cars.

 

3rd huge mountain to overcome - common people's natural inability to maneuver in the 3rd dimension. Only a very few flying licenses have been granted compared to the entire population of the world. This can be migitated by an on-board computer but the sensation of flying through the air will be frightening to many. Have you ever driven by someone who holds his steering wheel as if it were the only thing he was hanging on to for his life? I have and I hope not to go through it again.


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I don't think it's as big of a problem as you are making it. Only a few people will manually fly. Police and officials. Otherwise it will be by computer. We are talking about 2040-50s. I would see flying vehicles for the country or sports. Like four wheelers. But they wouldn't be street legal.
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I expect the first privite limousine company  between 2050 and 60s.

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How does such fly? Super conductivity needs mental to work.

 

This is really why a moller or a Terrafuglia design are our two choices.

 

1# Moller uses fan like tech and 2# Terrafuglia is a road capable "airplane". We would have to discover something new for the back to the future like flying car to become real.



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The same way helicopters work.  They have grills over the fans and they are much smaller.

 

It is basically a giant air hover-craft.  It could work though.  I bet we will use them for emergencies by mid-century.  I can see consumer versions around that same time too. 

 

Since cars will probably mostly drive themselves it may happen that flying taxies are more practical for most people.  Of course there is no reason why a person couldn't own their own car/airplane.  I don't think anyone will be controlling them in the air though, automated air highways where you travel at hundreds of miles per hour through cities would be an awesome sight.

 

I want a flying four wheeler.  Being from the south I often have the chance to ride them in the country.  I would love to see rednecks become airborne. 


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I was watching the new Total Recall the other day and it got me thinking about hover cars that were magnetic running on a road that didn't have rails and you could still steer just like you would normally. As much as the tech in that movie goes way overboard in some things, could magnetics be a possible way of the future? What energy is required to do something like that? it's possible with trains.



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Yeah. I don't think it would take much energy compared to fossil fuels, the problem is room temperature super conductors. Look up room temperature super conductors flying cars in Google. It's the pcmag interview with Michio Kaku . I can't paste on my phone.

Edited by SG-1, 25 December 2012 - 03:25 PM.

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Interesting article. Thanks for that :) I love Michio Kaku's work



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This is a SICK JOKE! WTH? This right here is why I'm one of the most skeptical people on this board.

 

Flying car in holding pattern

 
Woburn co. pushes back release date

 

Eight months after it created a sensation at the New York International Auto Show, Woburn-based Terrafugia is pushing back the delivery date of its flying car.

Although the Transition is already street-legal, the roadable light sport aircraft has to undergo further testing, CEO Carl C. Dietrich told the Herald.

“It’s not outside the realm of possibility that we start production by the end of next year,” said Dietrich, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology trained aeronautics engineer. “But it depends on what we find in the testing program.”

http://bostonherald....holding_pattern


Edited by Matthew, 26 December 2012 - 05:26 AM.





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