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What’s with flying cars that have captured the imagination of many enthusiast and industry watchers for the last few years? It seems that the ability of navigate a vehicle mid-air has charmed many drivers and enthusiasts that they are counting on the months and years that finally the world will be able to finally unveil a mass-produced flying car. For many, the ability to drive cars on and off the road is no longer enough, and mid-air is the next frontier. And it isn’t just the ordinary drivers and commuters that are dreaming of the flying cars. Even some upstart car manufacturers are trying to tap into the passion. AeroMobil, a company from Slovakia has announced that it has successfully developed a prototype for a flying car called AeroMobil 3.0. Scheduled for release in 2017, the prototype will instantly transform from a car to a plane in seconds. So is this the sign that everyone is hoping for that indeed a flying car is soon to arrive? Sorry to bust the imaginative bubble but mass produced flying car is out of the radar. While a prototype is in the works, there are obvious reasons why a flying car will not become a choice mode of transportation for many in the next future. Here are five reasons why.

Elon Musk

1. Flying cars are too noisy for comfort

Elon Musk of Tesla has already shot down, or at least does not believe that flying cars is in the radar in the next few years. There are a number of reasons he says, but one thing he shared is about the noise production associated with flying cars. If you are looking at a heavy vehicle according to Musk, then you can expect a lot of noise. Musk explains his case by using the helicopter as an example. He says that this is the closest that we have with a flying car, and it produces a lot of noise. So just imagine a flying car cruising mid-air, or a group of flying cars rushing to beat the traffic. We’ll end up with a city too noisy to work and live in. according to Musk, the other option is to dig tunnels below to create tunnels for cars. But we are doing this for trains, right?

 
  • E;f

    And you thought road rage was big, just wait until you cut off some big black momma in her sky car.

  • AFR2

    What a load, all around.

    Not a single one of the supposed points is grounded in reality.

    Taken singly or taken as a group, if they were true, there would be no recreational aviation industry.

    Mechanical failure poses danger, LOL? That applies to all aircraft, and yet the drive to and from the airport remains the greatest danger of flying.

    Noise? Noise is already a a fact of flying, yet we’ve had nearly 1 million pilots in the U.S. (there are fewer now).

    Flying cars fit a niche and will be introduced. Not all pilots fly aerobatics, but there’s a niche market for aerobats. Most pilots have no desire to fly amphibious aircraft, but enough do that there’s a niche market. Ditto short takeoffs and landings, rotary wing aircraft, twin-engine aircraft, jets, ultralights and other variants.

    Autocars have been under development since the 1940s, if not earlier. Weight problems have always been the number-one barrier to production. Composite construction and other developments are removing that barrier.

    There would be no particular hazard associated with congestion of flying cars because there wouldn’t be that many, and federal regulations would establish the conditions and locations of takeoffs, landings and flights.

    No sane pilot flies into storms now. The meteorological restrictions that would govern flying cars are the same as those in effect since the Wright brothers. And cost would be no more or less of a factor with flying cars as it is with other specialty aircraft.

    It’s amazing how nonsensical the underlying crappola is.

    • Rose Supreme

      Hear, hear.

      I hate buzzkills like this that don’t want fun futuristic technology to happen.