Incredible flying car concept can drop off passengers and lift off – News Techcology

Incredible flying car concept can drop off passengers and lift off  - News Techcology
Incredible flying car concept can drop off passengers and lift off – News Techcology
Plans have been drawn up for an incredible flying taxi that could revolutionise travel.Known as the ‘TF-2′, the futuristic vehicle can drop off a four-seater pod and lift off with another in under two minutes.It combines a road-legal car with a flying vehicle by driving passengers from their front doors to a helipad where it then carries them to their destination.The amazing design shows the technology that could be available to travellers in just a few decades’ time.After recently building a new research and development facility in San Francisco.Most flying taxis are exclusively aerial vehicles that can go from point A to point B making use of different launch pads.This model has been adopted by companies such as Uber, who are looking to launch UberAir by 2020 and have it running in time for the 2028 LA Olympics.Terrafugia’s TF-2 has a different approach, using two vehicles to achieve both terrestrial and airborne transportation.Key to the design is a central pod that can be attached to a road-vehicle and a flying device.A coach-like vehicle will carry passengers along the roads to specific locations, and take the passengers to the pick-up helipad.Here, the ‘pod’ will detach from the terrestrial medium and attach to the plane-like vehicle.Once the changeover has occurred, it can take-off almost instantly.Having a detachable pod would not only allow passengers to travel door-to-door without setting foot outside, it would also make for faster take-off and landing at the launchpad.During flight, there would be a pilot on-board, but that is expected to be only a safety precaution as it would likely have advanced autonomous capabilities.Far from a sparsely furnished economy flight, the TF-2 will be fitted with some luxury appliances.It will be fitted with built-in chargers, noise-cancelling speakers, mood lighting, rotating seats and touchscreen passenger controls.Terrafugia was recently acquired by the same company that also owns Volvo and Lotus.Although no time-frame exists for the manufacture of the TF-2, there are a couple of methods that are being considered for how it will be powered.The company states: ‘There are two concepts under consideration: a tilt-rotor (TR) and a lift-plus-push (LPP) configuration.’The TR has performance advantages and the LPP has the advantage of mechanical simplicity.’
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Incredible flying car concept can drop off passengers and lift off – News Techcology