Fly Terrafugia For Game Changing Technology
There is no science fiction in the novel American Jackal. All of the technology we write about exists — including a company in Massachusetts that makes a car that flies.
Terrafugia’s first product, the Transition, has graced the skies for a few years. Buyers can reserve one now. The Transition is an amazing automobile for people who want to access both the roads and the skies. In the personal transportation lexicon the word “automobile” is starting to encompass airplanes, helicopters, and other flying machines! That thrills us.
In American Jackal, we write about Terrafugia’s second product, the TF-X. The fictional Dr. Errol Rivera is a test pilot for this new automobile. As authors and people interested in science and emerging technology, we voluntarily adopted and included the TF-X in our book because we loved the TF-X’s elegant design. (Terrafugia did not even know we wrote about their technology until after we published the book. This was not any type of product placement or “deal.”)
The engineers at Terrafugia elected a powered lift design that a video can showcase much better than words. Click here to see the Terrafugia TF-X video.
We may be fiction writers, but in reality we envision the day when our neighbors start their cars, back out of their garages, hover up a few hundred feet in the air, and engage the forward thrust that propels them through the skies to their destination. That’s the mission the company’s accomplishing, according to Alex Min, Co-Founder, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer of Terrafugia. “Fundamentally, we want to help change how people get around. The Transition is the first step and an evolutionary one as we see it. Our next generation vehicle, the TF-X, should be revolutionary by allowing people that are not pilots to operate a PAV, or Personal Air Vehicle.”
As we were writing American Jackal, we investigated a number of “flying car” companies. There are numerous people and firms with prototypes. Many of them have attracted millions of dollars of investment — but their crafts have never flown more than a few feet off the ground. Most of these test “flights” occur with the vehicle tethered to the ground. However, Terrafugia is different. The firm has logged thousands of hours with a real flying car.
– Matt Nilsen
– Dr. Bandettini