Flying Car Available For Purchase By 2014?

So says this Raw Story article, which accompanies a video purporting to show a prototype making the car‑helicopter transition and then flying:

If you were terrified before in rush hour traffic, with cars seeming to come straight at you from four directions, take heart… soon enough they will come at you from five directions! *

UPDATE: on further viewing of the prototype flight, I believe the vehicle is not a true helicopter (with powered rotors providing lift and propulsion) but rather an autogyro (with a freewheeling rotor for lift, powered forward by a rear propeller). Autogyros have been around since 1923, though not with the ability to transform into road cars. If that’s what it is, you’ll need a long stretch of “runway” to take off… forget about escaping that freeway traffic jam by lifting straight up out of it.

* Or six directions, if you, too, have a flying car!

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  • Bryan  On Monday April 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Yep, it’s an autogyro, or gyrocopter as they call it in the video. There is a group that has a vehicle that uses a large hang glider wing on a dune buggy to do the same thing. They flew/drove their flying dune buggy from London to Timbuktu.

    • Steve  On Monday April 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Bryan, to make good use of any sort of private aircraft, you have to a) live in the country and own land adequate for takeoff and landing, or b) be wealthy enough to keep one at a small airport not too far from a city, and have dedicated transportation to take you to it and from it. Not many people have either a) or b), which is why so few people fly, despite the obvious fantasy appeal.

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