This article was published on July 6, 2011

Flying cars are coming. It’s about bloody time.


Flying cars are coming. It’s about bloody time.
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Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found g Joel Falconer is the Features Editor at TNW. He lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with his wife and three kids and can sometimes be found gaming or consulting. Follow Joel on Twitter.

Terrafugia, the company developing the flying car it calls the Transition, has received exemptions it requested to allow the car to be driven and flown despite some of its specifications not quite falling within the guidelines.

The Transition uses plastic for its windows instead of safety glass, with Terrafugia explaining that the glass would put it well over the weight limit for a craft of its class. It has also been granted an exemption to use tires not normally allowed on multi-purpose vehicles.

Terrafugia says its mission is to increase personal mobility — who knows how long it will be before we’re all cruising around the Jetsons, despite the trend in recent years of dismissing flying personal cars as a failed prediction of sci-fi authors and screenwriters of decades past?