You might have heard of Terrafugia. The company is a bit...out there. It has released a new video this week showing off its latest flying car concept. Should consumers expect to see this new driverless model, known as the TF-X™, zipping around in the sky sometime soon? No. No, they should not.
This new animated video for the TF-X™™ is just that, an animated video. And with all due respect to the many skilled animators of the world, making an animated video of a flying car is much easier than designing, producing, and selling a flying car.
Especially a flying car with specs as impressive as the TF-X™™™! It’s driverless! It has vertical take-off and landing! And a 200 mph cruising speed with a 500 mile range! At least on paper. Or, I should say, at least on video. Because again, Terrafugia hasn’t built the thing yet.
Now, you may be asking yourself why Terrafugia is wasting its time with a new futuristic rendering of the TF-X™™™™ when it hasn’t even released the long delayed Terrafugia Transition™™™™™ model yet. And that would be a completely reasonable question.
Sadly, we don’t have a good answer for you. But would you look at that video! Impressive, right?!?!
All we know is that Terrafugia seems to be good at just three things: 1) Raising money, 2) Releasing videos, and 3) Making promises that its flying cars like Transition™™™™™™ are just two years away, despite the fact that we’ve been hearing that since 2008.
Terrafugia is not a company that specialises in computer graphics. It is ostensibly a flying car company. As in, a company that’s supposed to be producing, marketing, and selling flying cars. To date it has not released one to market, which means that it’d be much safer to call Terrafugia an animation production company.
And until we see this company release something more than just animated videos, it’s pretty safe to call Terrafugia’s TF-X™™™™™™™ exactly what it is: vapourware.
This article originally appeared on Paleofuture, a Gizmodo blog looking into the future that never was