Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' Transformer TX started out as yet another design for the oft-predicted but never delivered flying car. But it's since turned into an entirely different type of flying machine: an autonomous way for the military to airlift vehicles and cargo to dangerous areas.
The Transformer TX is a DARPA-funded project that was originally going to be a more traditional flying car that could easily traverse even the worst conditions by just taking to the air. But flying car proposals have a sordid past, and like past designs the Transformer TX was scrapped in favor of turning it into an autonomous drone-like craft that could deliver payloads like cargo containers or vehicles. Unlike the military helicopters that are currently used for this purpose, no pilots would be lost if one were shot down.