Citycopter Concept Eliminates The Need For Flying Cars

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It’s no mystery that concept designs are almost always more exciting than the actual products that are eventually constructed, regardless of if we’re talking about cell phones or cinematic robots. But we as a humane society need to get started turning the Fly Citycopter into a real thing, with as little changes as possible. Except maybe a sweet paint job with some skulls and shit, and a bumper sticker that says, “I am the proud father of an honor roll student whose father has a personal helicopter.”

Designed by Eduardo Galvani, the Fly Citycopter probably isn’t the most realistic vehicle in the world, but it’s a much more exciting goal for auto makers to turn their sights to rather than the tired concept of a flying car. (Though if anyone made a commercial flying car anytime soon, I’d be all about that, too.) Galvani’s ideas offer up a tri-rotor design for comfortable and quiet maneuvering, along with auto-pilot and obstacle detection. I’m assuming it also comes with its own breathalyzer, because this could get people into a lot of trouble. I wonder if I could fit a bar in it…


Terrafugia Aircraft Flies And Drives In Public Debut

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Terrafugia Transition, the world’s first flying car, has made its first public debut, in which it both flew and drove. The unveiling of its prototype at a 2012 NY Auto Show featured a short flight, but this week is the first time the public has been able to see the car handle on the ground as well as in the air.

At Wisconsin’s EAA AirVenture airshow, the Terrafugia Transition flew a lap around the field, and then landed and folded its wings against its body as it transformed into a car for a lap on the ground. Apparently, the car can fit in a standard garage, so people without hangars don’t need to worry. It reminds me a little bit of a full-sized version of Kenji Ishida’s “Brave Robot” car transformer. Except, you know, it can fly.


Flying Car Hybrid Announced By Japanese Company

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Meet George Jetson. He’s got a lot of the same things that we modern citizens have. A wife, two kids, and a dog that loves him, not to mention a job he isn’t all that fond of, and an overbearing bossman. But he also has access to loads of things that we’ll never have — a robotic maid isn’t one of them, though animated genitalia is.

We’re talking flying cars here, and Terrafugia is talking loudest. They’re the innovative smarties behind the Transition, which was more like an airplane you could drive than a car you could fly. But their next project is the TF-X, which aims for a future filled with cars that can achieve a Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), like a helicopter, with all of the air travel of a plane and the highway driving of a hybrid vehicle that also happens to have wings and propellers attached to it.