On June 30, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) granted special exemptions for the “roadable aircraft.”
The Transition is the “first combined flying-driving vehicle to receive such special consideration from the Department of Transportation since the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards came into being in the 1970s,” informed Terrafugia in a press release.
However, several design issues and third-party supply restraints have seemingly stalled production of the Transition from 2011 to 2012, and even more challenges may be ahead for the vehicle: Transition will only be able to lift 330lb of passengers and payload: it can’t get airborne carrying two normal American men. Also the price has risen from $148k to $250k.
Source: The Washington Post