Dear Amy: When will we have flying cars? — Katie, Boston, Mass.
Dear Katie: Believe it or not, flying cars have already been invented! However, they’re not exactly like the flying cars science fiction writers imagined. A company named Terrafugia has created a car called the Transition that has wings that fold up for driving. Pilots can drive their car to the airport, unfold the wings and take off on the runway like an airplane. Technology this cool isn’t cheap, though. Terrafugia plans to sell the cars for $279,000, and you will also need a pilot’s license to fly them. To learn more about the Transition, visit terrafugia.com/aircraft.html.
Another invention that could change the way we travel is the Shweeb, shweeb.com, a human-powered monorail system. Passengers sit in small pods that hang from the monorail and pedal on a recumbent cycle. Since passengers provide the power source, the Shweeb has zero emissions and even helps passengers stay in shape. The pods can travel up to 25 kilometers per hour, or about 16 miles per hour. Want to try it out? Visitors can ride the original concept system at Agroventures Park in Rotorua, New Zealand, and plans are under way to build the first Shweeb for public transit.
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