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PostSubject: How badly do you want to avoid traffic jams?   Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:47 pm

How badly do you want to avoid traffic jams?

An American company has developed a car that can easily beat traffic jams
- it can fly.

At the touch of a button the Transition from Terrafugia four-wheeled car
extends a pair of wings either side of its main body.

"It will take just a few seconds to transform and will be fully automated
after the command is given in the cockpit. We're currently sold out for at
least the first year, approaching the first two of production," said chief
operating officer, Anna Mracek Dietrich.

The Transition will use low-cost electronics and feature GPS and auto-pilot
weather radar.

The prototype, which runs on super unleaded petrol, cruises at 120mph
(about 193km/h) and lands at 65mph (about 104km/h).

The estimated hourly fuel burn of four gallons (about 15 litres) equates to
30mpg in flight.

Terrafugia - which means escape from the earth - are selling for 74 000
(about R1-million).

The company hopes the first car will be ready by next December. -


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