The Transition will drive in hybrid-electric mode using a combination of a combustion engine and a battery
Terrafugia has announced plans to put its two-seat flying car on sale in 2019.
The production version of the Transition auto-aircraft will include updates to the interior, safety systems, motor, and flight instrumentation. The latest features and systems will be incorporated and verified in the next test models.
“Developing this new technology has allowed us to test several different mechanisms and generate process improvements along the way,” said Chris Jaran, CEO, Terrafugia.
“We are at the critical point where we can implement the best design features based on years of flight and drive testing. This will improve function, safety and aesthetics for the optimal flying and driving experience.”
Improvements slated for the hybrid automotive vehicle and light sport aircraft include:
Terrafugia claims the Transition is built for both aviation and automotive safety to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards.
According to the start-up, the new features will enable the Transition to meet all the necessary requirements while optimising the flight experience for both pilot and passenger.
Terrafugia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Geely Holding, a global automotive group that owns several well-known international automotive brands.
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