This is an actual, honest to God, totally legit flying car
And here we have a vehicle that can roll down the road and fly to your destination without you having to touch a thing, thanks to the wonders of autonomous flight. By the developer’s (Terrafugia) most optimistic estimates, it’s only a decade away.
That said, there is roughly a zero percent chance of something like this going into production during our lifetime.
Not because it’s impossible -- it definitely can be done. Developing a vehicle that’s capable of vertical take-off and landing, so you can take off from your driveway, essentially, is difficult, but it’s been done before, and autopilot (both for cars and for planes) will get you down the road and up into the air while you’re taking a nap.
If I’m wrong, I’ll eat my words in a decade and gladly hop in a Terrafugia for a trip to the beach, where I assume cabana-bots will tend to my every need. But there are simply far too many legal, economic, and security barriers that a vehicle like this must work around, and a company like Terrafugia is, frankly, too small-time to clear those hurdles.
You’re talking about changing aircraft classification codes to allow non-licensed operators to ride in a small, heavy plane. You’re talking about producing these on a relatively massive scale and getting the costs down to a point that some one percenters can afford one. And that says nothing about the risk of the autonomous system being hacked, or of a flying car wandering into restricted airspace, such as a landing path for jetliners.
Major corporations have the power to make it happen, but the biggies have shown zero interest in it. So until you see Ford, GM, and Toyota partnering with the Boeings and Airbuses of the world, holding your breath for these types of flying cars will succeed only in making you red in the face.