The TF-X™ will have several unique technical components. The information provided below details our vision for the TF-X™’s technical operations.
Conversion between Flight and Drive Modes: The TF-X™ will employ Terrafugia’s folding-wing technology to seamlessly convert between flight and drive modes in under a minute. In the drive configuration, the TF-X™ will fit in a standard single car garage or parking space, and conversion between modes will only be possible while the vehicle is parked and operated by a trained user.
Computer Controlled Flight: The TF-X™ will employ simplified flight controls and will require significantly less flight training than a traditional aircraft. All flight planning will be completed prior to departure, and the vehicle will automatically take off, fly to its destination, and land, all at the push of a button. The operator will have the final say regarding whether it is safe to perform a takeoff or a landing, and the operator will have the option to engage a semi-manual flight mode if he or she would like to deviate from the planned flight path within applicable safety and regulatory restrictions.
Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL): Two propellers powered by all-electric motor pods on either side of the vehicle will be used for VTOL operations. Because the pods will be all-electric, noise impact will be minimal, and the gas engine used for cruise will recharge the batteries during flight.
Comprehensive Safety Features: The TF-X™ will offer the best of both cars and airplanes, and safety is no exception. In addition to a full suite of automotive safety features, including a crumple zone, safety cage, airbags, and pre-tensioning load-limiting seatbelts, the TF-X™ will also be equipped with a full-vehicle parachute system and cutting-edge collision avoidance technologies.