Terrafugia is a company that created another roadable aircraft but this one has folding wings and only with a push of a button it transforms from a road vehicle to an air vehicle. The Aerocar required some manual setup for the same conversion. Yes, it looks like the love child of a small propeller plane and family size car. Strange to look at and probably strange to drive too. It's longer than a common car and taller with the wings folded. I assume you need to drive it with the care for spaces as you do a truck. On the Terrafugia website, the expected price is about $279,000.00. YIKES! Getting a space ticket with Virgin Galactic is cheaper than that. Don't scratch the paint. On the plus side it could increase you commute range to work.
Maverick is an off road vehicle in more ways than one. Sure, it's roadable, but some people want to go where there are no roads and want to cross over a gorge or a river valley with less difficulty. If your such a person, then this vehicle is for you. It uses parasail tech and a unique deployment system to chance from road machine to flying machine. It's not all that fast in flight, just about 40 mph. It is light and fast on the ground. It's the only off road flying car I know about. Maybe in the future there will be more.
PAL-V ONE is a European flying car. Well, car might be stretching it. It is enclosed, but it drives like a motorcycle by leaning into the curvy roads. If you feel like its missing a wheel, don't. It has 3 wheels, one in the front and two in the back. It seats two, but in tandem. It's flying technique is that of an autogyro. What's an autogyro? Well, it was the predecessor to the helicopter. Its a rotary wing aircraft that has a pusher propeller and is a short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft. It seems pretty nice and seems to be pretty cool. It has some interesting fold up features with the propeller and the mast for the rotors. Yet, it does require setup time for the change from road warrior to angel flight. As a STOL craft, it doesn't require a full runway, but a short space to take off. Modern autogyros have a powered rotation system to start the rotors and can literally jump in the air from a stand still and fly. I don't see that capability here, yet it must have some powered rotation system otherwise you have to start the rotors by hand. It's cool and good looking, but did the Dutch get it right? Not many people are attracted to an autogyro, but I am. I like the STOL feature, and the enclosed driving and flying experience. You have to wonder what the maintenance expense would be like. The autogyro setup is much less expensive to maintain than a helicopter, but that's not really saying much. As a custom and unique vehicle I expect maintenance to be pricey.
There you have it, 3 very different flying cars to choose from: Terrafugia with a car-plane combo, Mavrick with a off road car-paraglider combo, or PAL-V with a enclosed trike-autogyro combo. Whatever you choose there's one thing you should take notice of and that thing is power lines. Yeah, well, you know. Got to be safe and all that. Being zapped by upteenthousand volts tens of feet in the air isn't that nice. Our society just isn't set up for flying cars. I mean each of these need a road license and a flight license. Then the driver need a driving license and a pilot's license. On the positive side the FAA is licensing these as Light Sport Aircraft. So perhaps there is some wind in their wings after all.