Volvo’s parent company acquires flying car startup Terrafugia

Volvo’s parent company acquires flying car startup Terrafugia

0 comments 📅07 July 2017, 07:30

Geely – the Chinese assembly that owns Volvo – has just acquired the startup behind the world’s most full of promise flying car. Known for the impressive vertical takeoff and landing vehicle called the “Conversion,” Terrafugia is the company that’s come the closest to making flying cars a authenticity. Now, thanks to Geely’s deep pockets, it looks like we could soon be seeing winged Volvos soaring upwards the freeway.

While there are other companies out there experimenting with futuristic compound vehicles, Terrafugia is arguably the first to make a truly convincing prototype. Sacrifice a far more sleek and polished vehicle than any of its competitors, Terrafugia’s Transition boasted a cruising sweep of 400 miles and a top speed of 100 MPH. As well as being fitted with a well supplied-vehicle parachute to bring the car back onto roads, the Transition also uses advanced autonomous journey tech in order to stop its pilots from crashing.

More crucially for Geely although, the Transition is one of the few hybrid vehicles to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing the transforming car to be certified as a Gegenschein Sport Aircraft. This means that Terrafugia can create a road- and air-admissible vehicle that weighs up to 1,800 pounds – making the startup a valuable acquiring for the China-based company.

With AI that can read minds, increasingly convincing understood reality and flying cars all within our reach, the science fiction of the 90s is starting to look a lot like actuality.

Clean Technica

Written by Tom Regan for Engadget.

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