This generation has been characterized by massive technological advancement and development. These rapid changes have been brought about by institutions and companies which have ventured out in research and innovation. Terrafugia is a Massachusetts company which has been recognized for playing a crucial role in promoting innovative and creative ideas in this generation. Terrafugia as a company has become recognized for the flying vehicle concept dubbed, the Transition. Transition is an innovative idea which embodies the concept of a flying vehicle. That is, it is a form of a plane which can be driven. This has been embraced as a great concept for the pilots who would like to fly in the air and at the same time get an opportunity to have fun on the road. The question which lingers in this regard is, if this innovative idea is great for the pilots, what about the rest of the people?
Terrafugia is currently working on a futuristic vehicle, known as the TF – X. This vehicle shall operate based on a combination of ideas made up of a helicopter, a car and an airplane. The TF – X shall be able to take off from your drive way using electrically powered rotor blades which shall be mounted on its sides. Once airborne, the vehicle shall be sustained using the rotor blades in conjunction with gas engine which shall be mounted on the rear. In a standard normal weather, the computer shall enable the driver to land without any hitches. However, in the event that the driver encounters hostile weather, the vehicle shall be mounted with backup parachutes to ensure that the driver is safe. The range of the TF – X is expected to be 500 miles. Terrafugia has put much emphasis on having the TF – X operate on autopilot. This company has sought to develop a vehicle that will not take more than five to learn how to drive it.
As at now, Terrafugia has not yet announced the cost of the vehicle. However, it intends to announce the cost of the vehicle the moment it gets close to commence its production. This notwithstanding, the company has indicated that its pricing might be somewhere close to top of the range and luxurious vehicles.
The company expects the futuristic vehicle to be ready for market in the early 2020s. Despite this claim, there is a sense of skepticism regarding its timing. Confidence and believe in TF – X shall be enhanced the moment that the Transition shall be seen. Terrafugia had stated that it was working towards ensuring that Transition is ready by 2010. However, the drive-able plane had its first test flight in 2012.
The company is targeting to meet its target of shipping the Transition to the customers by 2015. The cost estimates for the Transition which shall be shipped to the customers is $270,000. Terrafugia is banking the development of TF – X on the success rate of the Transition. This implies that an increase in sales of the Transition will increase the likelihood of having the TF – X developed.