People can barely gas up their SUVs these days. Flying cars will make SUVs look economic by comparison.
Seriously, flying cars would have many hurdles to cross to become mainstream: cost, safety, regulation (DMV? NTSB? FAA? All? Good luck with that last one).
Most importantly, I don’t think people want flying cars enough to shell out probably 10x the amount they would for a regular car, when you include fuel, insurance, and cost of vehicle.
If we could shrink a nuclear reactor we have enough power, the problem is safety. Plus, the hand-eye coordination needed would be ridiculous. Then again, I’m pretty sure the gaming generation can handle it.
I vote no until our Earth-bound drivers are skillful enough to pilot an automobile in a narrowly defined lane on a single planar surface with no more accidental collisions than commercial airline pilots experience. Yesterday, in a suburb of Boston, a man drove straight through a Tedeschi Market and kept right on going. CLearly this is not someone we want driving around over our heads.
~We have flying cars… We call them airplanes… Sorry I had to say that. Right know the R&D is getting to fuel efficiency, looks, and putting electronics inside the car. Eventually they will get to the point where we will have cars similar to the Star Trek Shuttle craft… It might take 50 years maybe more maybe less.
The requirements for traveling on land are completely different from those necessary for traveling in air.
An airplane makes a poor car. A car makes a poor airplane. Putting the two together makes something that is a poor compromise at best.
Sure, it can be done. Engineers can do anything. But are consumers willing to pay the price for something with such diminished performance?
It is a terrifying idea, especially because of the ‘pilots’ and manufacturers.
Do you really want to risk your life sharing your airspace with millions of americans or italians, that either only learned to fly in their backyards or have no respect for other pilots and are both fueled by alcohol and rage?
Do you really want a flying car made by Ssangyong or GM? Do you want either the pilots or the shoddy machines flying over your heads and houses?
@ragingloli & @elbanditoroso You’re right but I suppose it all has to start somewhere. If they keep at it, perhaps it will slowly become more and more sensible and affordable. In the mean time – I’ll be sticking to my Jetson-like imagination where a robot picks out my clothes, cooks my breakfast & hands me the keys to my flying saucer car.
If we ever have flying cars, just from a safety perspective, these 3 things are a MUST
1. Completely automated with fully functional Artificial Intelligence driven autopilot.
2. Their production has to be as tightly regulated as commercial aeroplanes.
3. Owners must prove regular maintainance at certified workshops, best done with an automated central registry. Miss one scheduled mainainance, the car goes out of comission until it is.