It's Flying Car Season Again

Every six months, websites proclaim that the flying car is just over the horizon! And as if on schedule, the Daily Mail has a new article about how Terrafugia's Transition is coming soon! The only problem? We've been hearing that since 2008. » 2/09/15 6:39pm 2/09/15 6:39pm

Flying Car Prototype From 1990 Going Up For Auction

Want to own your very own flying car? Will you settle for a prototype that never left the ground? Well then you're in luck! Because the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona has a 1990 prototype with your name on it. » 1/07/15 5:00pm 1/07/15 5:00pm

Back to the Future Wasn't Supposed to Have a Sequel

Great Scott! Did you know that Back to the Future was never supposed to have a sequel? Imagine that reality for a second — a world without Marty McFly's hoverboard and shoes and flying DeLorean? The mind reels! » 11/21/14 5:26pm 11/21/14 5:26pm

"Flying Car" Crash in Florida Leaves Two Injured

Two people were injured after a Maverick brand "flying car" crashed today in Marion County, Florida. Both reportedly escaped with minor injuries. The Maverick has been involved in at least two other accidents during testing, one in 2012 and another in 2013. » 10/21/14 4:30pm 10/21/14 4:30pm

An Astrophysicist Explains Our Flying Car Problem

In a new essay at the New York Times, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester asks the retro-futurist's most daunting question: Where's my flying car? » 6/06/14 7:18pm 6/06/14 7:18pm

FLYING CAR UPDATE: Just Two More Years, Guys!

A few weeks ago we looked at the broken promises of Terrafugia — a flying car company with a product that's always just two years away. Well, we've got an important update. The company is looking for just $30 million more to get their product off the ground. » 6/03/14 5:12pm 6/03/14 5:12pm

A Very Specific List of Things That Are Ruining My Google Alerts

I love Google Alerts. They're a great tool for tracking the mention of different things online. I use them less as a way to learn about breaking news and more as a way to discover how people are talking about the future. But there are all kinds of things that are messing them up. Well, messing them up for me » 5/30/14 4:47pm 5/30/14 4:47pm

This flying drone helicopter truck is a real life transformer

What is this? A flying drone? Eight flying drones? One flying helicopter? A moving room? A truck? It's a little bit of everything. Called the AT Black Knight Transformer, it combines the vertical takeoff and landing of a helicopter with the off-road driving capabilities of a truck. So yes, that means it can fly and… » 1/10/14 9:24pm 1/10/14 9:24pm

1968 Time Capsule Opened Prematurely, Robbing Future of Cute Drawings

An elementary school in the Philadelphia suburb of Warminster recently opened up a time capsule from 1968. Unfortunately for time capsule purists, this uncapsuling was a bit premature. You see, the McDonald Elementary School's time capsule wasn't supposed to be opened until the year 2068. » 6/20/13 12:02pm 6/20/13 12:02pm

Terrafugia Transition Flying Car May Finally Take Flight

The Terrafugia Transition Flying Car has been around for more than five years. Everyone hoped it would debut in 2009, but that never happened. Now in 2011, the car is inching closer to its first real flight. » 7/05/11 10:27pm 7/05/11 10:27pm

Who Wants a Flying Car? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Car Up For Grabs

Provided you have a million or two in your pocket, you could be flying off into the the sunset with your very own Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car. Starring in the 1968 film, based on Ian Fleming's novel, the car not only runs perfectly, but it's fully road-worthy too. » 4/26/11 5:10am 4/26/11 5:10am

The Mind Behind the Flying Car's Design

As strange as it is to say, we really do live in a world with a flying car. And a few decades from now, when we're all ditching gridlock for the open skies, we can partly thank Jens Martin Skibsted. » 7/30/10 5:20pm 7/30/10 5:20pm

DARPA Takes a Crack at the Flying Car

The flying car, a goal of starry-eyed engineers since at least the beginning of the last century, is getting the DARPA treatment. Called Transformer TX, this flying Humvee-like prototype could be airborne by 2015. » 4/18/10 5:00pm 4/18/10 5:00pm

Bid For The Oldest "Flying Car" This Weekend

This isn't just any old rusty antique of a car. It's the oldest-dated flying car, and comes with the blueprints, 1921 patent and documents charting inventor Frank Skroback's creation. Here's the catch though: it doesn't fly. » 3/10/10 12:40pm 3/10/10 12:40pm

A Brief History of Our Flying Car Obsession

Jalopnik's gathered up the flying car covers from Popular Science's complete archives and come out with a brief 77-year history of our flying car fantasies, which shift from cautious to optimistic depending on the tone of the decade. [Jalopnik] » 3/09/10 3:59pm 3/09/10 3:59pm

100 Years of Failure: 10 Technologies We Were Promised But Never Got

In Your Flying Car Awaits, author Paul Milo discusses "robot butlers, lunar vacations and other dead-wrong predictions of the 20th Century." Here are 10 calamitous tech failures. Even the ones that did make it aren't anything like their original visions. » 12/10/09 2:00pm 12/10/09 2:00pm

British Adventurer to Traverse Europe, Africa in His Amazing Skycar

Lifelong risk-taker Neil Laughton plans to travel from London to Timbuktu in a dune buggy, a trip that will take him an estimated 42 days. Oh, and that dune buggy? It can fly. » 1/12/09 6:53am 1/12/09 6:53am