Is it a car? Is it a plane? It’s a FLYING car!
If you haven’t come across recent news about flying cars, you soon will. The news is trending because a company called AeroMobile has recently unveiled a flying car in Monaco. You can check out the pictures here.
Shortly after AeroMobile’s unveiling, another company called Kitty Hawk also debuted a flying aircraft called The Flyer. The company is partially backed by Google co-founder, Larry Page. The Flyer is an aircraft that you can fly on over open water, and it is expected to go on on sale later in the year.
What Do I Think About Flying Cars?
I love the idea of a flying car. Imagine if you can zip across states with a quick flight? How convenient is that? How can anyone also not admire how far technological advances have come?
In reality, I am not if the world is ready for them yet. To be clear, I don’t expect flying cars to hit the mainstream market any time soon. There are regulatory hurdles and legitimate safely questions that needs to be addressed.
You do not need a pilot’s license to operate The Flyer, though it’s not clear if it’s the same for AeroMobile’s Flying Car. Frankly, I think the categorization of both vehicles as “flying cars” feels like a misnomer. AeroMobile’s flying car seemed more like a plane…with wheels. The Flyer simply struck me as a recreational or sports aircraft to be ridden near water.
Which of the Two Would I Prefer?
Neither. I still prefer a regular car on the road and a regular plane for up in the air.
If I have to pick one, I like AeroMobile’s version better. It looks more developed, though it looked rather clumsy as a car. The Flyer didn’t strike me as very safe and reminded me of a drone. Flying one looks cool but it takes practice and skills to not crash it.
I think that flying cars might take off sooner in the marketplace if they are autonomous. In the same way that Google and Uber are testing autonomous cars, a autonomous flying car might reduce some of the safety and operator risks and may gain faster acceptance as a result.
All that said, it’s not likely that anyone will see these vehicles in action anytime soon. After all, AeroMobile’s version of the flying car cost a cool $1.3 to 1.6 million dollars USD.
What do you think about flying cars? Do you think they make sense? Would you even feel comfortable driving (or flying) one?
Source: Travel Gadget Reviews