Last year, American company Terrafugia unveiled its car/plane hybrid called the 'Transition', which it expected to transform the world of personal flight. At the recent New York International Auto Show, Terrafugia revealed that Transition had completed its maiden flight in New York State. Would-be owners of Transition may soon be able to nip down the shops in their new toy as soon as the end of this year. Terrafugia have already taken 100 orders for their creation, which retails at a cool $279,000.
In a further exciting development, Dutch firm (PAL-V personal air and land vehicle) announced that its very own 'flying car' had successfully completed its maiden test flight. Yes, you wait ages for a flying car, and then two come along at once! Rather than a car-plane, the PAL-V is more like a car-helicopter. According to the promo video (see below), it 'drives like a sports car', looks like a stumpy bobsleigh, and can take to the skies without the need for a long runway - and all 'within existing international laws, for both flying and driving'. It'll set you back a mere $300,000, so not much more than its competitor. First deliveries are expected in 2014, when the long-cherished dream of a flying car will finally become a reality. Well, that's what the brochure says.
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