World's first flying car is legal for roads

Roshina Jowaheer

The world's first flying car has been granted road safety exemptions that will make it legal to be used both on the road and in the air.

The Transition Roadable Aircraft folds its wings so it can be driven on the road and is likely to cost around £160,000.

Its designer Terrafugia has been given permission for the car-plane to have special tyres that won't weigh it down when in flight and panes made from light polycarconate material that are less likely to shatter have been used instead of heavy glass.

The exceptions were granted by the American National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week and mean that the car-plane could go on sale for the first time.

It means that when there's too much road traffic you'll be able to take to the skies with the car-plane that has a wing span of 27.5ft and an airborne range of 460 miles.

You'll need a flying licence for the 19ft-long aircraft, but it takes unleaded petrol and can be parked in a garage! Terrafugia has also kept security in mind and has manufactured it so that it can only be started when a special code is used.

The American company based in Massachusetts says it should be on the market at the end of next year.

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