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Flying Car Crashes In Canada

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Flying Car CrashAs science fiction fans, most of us have been waiting a long damn time for numerous technological developments that the genre has promised, things like hoverboards, time travel, teleportation, and convenient commercial space travel.

Chief among these anticipated inventions is the flying car. Like most innovations, however, this one opens up a new world of potential hazards. Just imagine the scope of car crashes when flying cars are involved. Recently in British Columbia, Canada, an experimental prototype may have just won the dubious honor of being the first flying car to crash. Thankfully, however, no one was seriously injured, and the occupants, including pilot Ray Sebring, are expected to make a full recovery.

The vehicle is called a Maverick, and is manufactured by a Florida-based company called, shocker, Maverick LSA. It uses a parachute and propeller to fly.

According Canadian TV reporter Curtis Allen, the flight took off in Vernon, BC, near an elementary school. Sebring “crashed into the school’s fence, which may have saved his life, and came to rest a few feet away at the base of some trees.” He did, however, put his teeth through his lip.

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A Flying Car Will Cost You $280k

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We here at GFR have often bemoaned the appalling lack of flying cars here in the futuristic era that is 2012. Sure, we have amazing technologies such as smart phones and GPS and submersibles that allow movie directors to dive to the bottom of the sea. What we don’t have? Friggin’ flying cars. Sure, flying cars would almost certainly be prohibitively expensive, and putting the average semi-attentive driver behind the wheel of an airborne automobile would likely be as dangerous as putting a trio of hyperactive gibbons behind the wheel of a normal car. Anyway you shake it, flying cars are probably better left in fiction.

But they’re just so damned cool in Back to the Future! So, for those of you like us, still holding out hope for a flying car in the driveway, we present this: the Transition, an honest-to-gosh flying car, developed by the U.S. company Terrafugia.