Flying Cars: Your Traffic-Avoiding Fantasy Gets Closer to Reality

New Flying Car Models Make Their Debut

New Flying Car Models Make Their Debut

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Flying Cars:Our Traffic-Avoiding Fantasy Gets Closer to Reality

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(Two new flying car models are being rolled out, bringing us closer to our dreams of taking our bad driving habits to the air. Vehicles struggle through a traffic jam in one of Jakarta's main roads on November 4, 2011.)

Photo by BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images

From Inspector Gadget to Back to the Future, we’ve imagined cars that can help us circumvent traffic. And now, we may be getting closer; two different companies have unveiled—yep—flying cars.

In Holland, the new Personal Air and Land Vehicle claims to fly for distances of over 300 miles. And Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia Inc. is set to roll out it’s own version—the Transition—at this week’s New York Auto Show. The Transition, which has reportedly taken its first flight and could be available later this year, rose 1,400 feet in the air for eight minutes. But it also will reportedly cost $279,000—not exactly a consumer-friendly price just yet.

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Both vehicles fly at speeds over 100 miles per hour and require a limited flight license. But unfortunately you won’t be able to zip out of that traffic jam without a significant runway. We’ll wait for them to get cheaper, and in the meantime, guys—can you make them run on banana peels and High Life?

Video produced by Krishnan Vasuvedan

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.