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'The Flying Car' is on its way!

Fed up with traffic jams? Here's some good news -- 'The Flying Car' is on its way. An American company is to soon start manufacturing "the flying cars", which can be transformed from...

world Updated: Feb 07, 2011 12:18 IST

Fed up with traffic jams? Here's some good news -- 'The Flying Car' is on its way. An American company, Terrafugia Transition, based near Boston, is to soon start manufacturing "the flying cars", called the Transition Roadable Light Sport Aircraft, which can be transformed from a car to a plane in just 30 seconds.

The Transition can fly at 115 mph and reach 65 mph on the road; on the ground, with its wings tucked up and in, it can fill up with petrol at a normal filling station and fits in an average size garage, the 'Sunday Express' reported.

'The Flying Car' is set to go into production this year and is expected to cost between 125,000 pounds and 160,000 pounds, say its developers.

Richard Gersh, of Terrafugia, the US company which makes the vehicle and hopes to sell 200 a year, said: "This is an aeroplane first and foremost. The idea is you can drive it to and from a regulation airport. Fully fuelled, you can fly it for a range of 400 to 450 miles.

"We have 100 orders so far. There are still some minor changes that need to be made because it has to meet both road and aviation standards. However, we expect to be delivering at the end of this year."

According to the CEO of the company, they have successfully test-flown 'The Flying Car' as many as 28 times.

"It has been very successful. We have got a very good handling vehicle and our test pilot said that the flights were just remarkably unremarkable -- it just flies like a really nice, little airplane," CEO Carl Dietrich told Canadian TV.

He also said that this car would also ease problems for pilots who currently face problems like weather which sometimes doesn't allow them to take off or land.

"This vehicle allows a pilot any time, if the weather changes, to divert to the nearest airport, fold up their wings and drive safely under the weather," he said.