Is the flying car almost here?

Transition (roadable aircraft)
Image via Wikipedia

Probably not. But the flying car is back in the news as the company Terrafugia, claims it’s  delivering its car-plane, the Transition, to customers by the end of 2011.

The Transition is a long way from cartoon dad George Jetson‘s flying car zooming above traffic, or even the magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

“There is no launch button on the [instrument] panel,” Gersh noted.

Rather, the car-plane has wings that unfold for flying — a process the company says takes one minute — and fold back up for driving. A runway is still required to take off and land.

And at only $194,000, it’s practically a steal.

Now all we need is better video capabilities on our cell phones and Rocketeer-level jet packs and we’ll be in the future!

Image via Wikipedia

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