What Needs to Happen Before Any of Us Can “Drive” Flying Cars
The Jetsons is an animated classic that’ll forever live in our hearts. But the retrofuturistic series about a family living in a high-altitude utopia gave us an idea of tomorrow that should remain a work of fiction – at least until we find ways to fix the flaws. If you live in a traffic-congested city, you might think a future with flying cars may one day solve your problems. Wrong! It’s a nice thought to entertain, but cars that speed through the skies would probably cause more problems than they would solve.
Just for the record, flying cars exist already
First off, make no mistake about the reality of flying cars – they already exist. Companies such as AeroMobil, Moller International and Pal-V are on track to build and sell their vehicles in the near future. Most notably, Terrafugia, an American startup founded by MIT grads, claims their “Transition” car will enter its production phase in 2017. In fact, the FAA gave the company the go-ahead to test their TF-X model, a semi-autonomous flying car (it can do a lot of its own piloting) the company says it won’t require too much training to operate. Another auto giant (drum roll), is showing interest in flying cars – Toyota. Recent reports point out to the company filing patents for what it calls a “stackable wing for an aerocar.”