Cars might be flying sooner than you thought

Cars might be flying sooner than you thought
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Driving on roads is so 2014. All the cool cars will soon be flying, hovering, or in the water.

Elon Musk wants Tesla to offer a flying car, which he told Britain's The Independent isn't "the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that's super safe and quiet? Because if it's a howler, you're going to make people very unhappy." Terrafugia, a company out of Massachusetts, is already testing the Transition, a two-seat aircraft with wings that can fold up — Terragufia calls it a "street-legal airplane." Not to be outdone, Toyota announced Monday that it is looking into making a car that will hover just slightly above the road, which should improve fuel efficiency due to reduced friction.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.