Probably many of us have flying carsassociated with some science fiction film. The latest research in the automotive industry shows that flying cars may appear in the near future. We are talking about vertical takeoff and landing machines - VTOL. In addition, Volvo is also working on the Transition project, which is a car and an airplane in one building.
Vertical take-off and landing cars
The famous Rolls-Royce company at the momentAlready created the technology of vertical take-off and landing, which is necessary for the production of a modern flying car. The manufacturer claims that the electrification of engines is an inevitable trend in the industrial technology market. According to representatives of Aerospace and Rolls Royce, flying cars can become an even more environmentally friendly mode of transport than electric cars.
Flying cars with vertical take-off andlanding will be much more environmentally friendly than their ground-based predecessors, and will also be much more effective in saving time due to the lack of the need to drive on roads, avoiding traffic lights, pedestrians and traffic jams that constantly form on them. Modern cars successfully prove their energy efficiency on long trips, but such a car will be unprofitable for a trip to the nearest store, since take-off and landing consume a significant amount of energy.
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Terrafugia company that specializes inthe creation of flying cars, has already introduced a prototype of a flying hybrid electric car, which is capable of speeds of about 100 kilometers per hour. A machine can transform from an airplane to a car in less than a minute. The upgraded models have a modern seat design, a hybrid electric motor, improved seat belts and airbags, as well as rear-view cameras. In order to increase safety, cars were equipped with parachutes. But it is worth noting that to drive such an unusual vehicle at the moment, the driver will need a pilot's license.
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Currently presented modelsaccommodating only two passengers, however, a model for four people - TF-X will be presented very soon. This model will be controlled by a computer and will not need a strip for takeoff and landing. The TF-X will be able to reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour and cover distances of up to 500 miles. Folding wings will have an electric motor attached to each end, which will allow it to easily move from a vertical to a horizontal position. The TF-X can avoid adverse weather conditions and limited airspace through its computer system. For the full use of their electric vehicles, owners of flying electric cars will be able to visit the electric vehicle charging station or charge the batteries in the engine on their own.