The dream of a flying car has been around for a long, long time. There’s a flying cars coming to the New York International Auto Show this week. The Terrafugia Transition is a two-seat airplane with foldable wings, four wheels and turn signals. Over the past few years the Massachusetts company has called its creation a “roadable aircraft” and lately, a “street legal airplane.” But ahead of the Transition’s first appearance at an auto show, it’s perhaps more appropriate to simply call it what it is: a flying car.
A Dutch company announced the successful first flights of the PAL-V, a single-seat three-wheeler that’s also a gyrocopter. The PAL-V craft undertook several test flights with a different propulsion system – a gyrocopter like system with lift generated by a rotor and forward speed provided by a propeller on the rear. On the road, the company says the three-wheeled vehicle drives like a sports car.