A number of carplanes (aka: roadable aircraft, flying car) have recently appeared on the market or will be appearing soon. The purpose of this site is to contrast and compare these vehicles and to provide the latest information on each. It is an unbiased site that is not funded by any of the manufacturers.
Edited by Jeffrey W. Buckholz, PhD, P.E., PTOE
This site was last updated on 10-16-18
Below is a summary of currently available carplanes, or carplanes that are expected to hit the market sometime in the next 5 years. There are 8 real competitors and I have ranked them from 1 (best) to 8 (worst) based on their relative overall attractiveness. A lot of weight is given to vehicles that can actually be purchased or that have a flying prototype. Anybody can design something that looks good in simulation or in driving tests but its getting the darn thing to fly in a stable manner that is the big hurdle.
Terrafugia has been purchased by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) which will provide the considerable capital needed to bring the Transition carplane to market - it looks like as soon as 2019. A big plus for Terrafugia.
A Czech company has taken a 2-person gyroplane, added an electric drive, and made it street legal vehicle (well, at least in the Czech Republic) so I guess we sort of have a new carplane competitor called the Nirvana Autogyro. It supposedly travels at 110 mph in the air but only 25 mph on the road. The web site is not in English so I can't figure out but it looks like a poor man's Pal-V. I will add it to the spreadsheet if it continues to develop. (I had mentioned this vehicle previously in the UPDATES section.)