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Old Posted Jul 14, 2017, 7:29 PM
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Flying cars!

At least half of my obsession with The Jetsons came from the flying cars they had. Good to know that there are still people working furiously to finally make them a reality. Following the path of drones and other UAV to mainstream use, flying car concepts seem to have finally come of age thanks to the mass-market introduction of electric cars and the rapidly diminishing cost of lithium-ion batteries, thanks largely Elon Musk and Tesla for that one!


Here are some of the most promising projects...

A German flying car with some well-heeled backers...
https://lilium.com/

Chinese Quadcopter being commercially tested in Dubai this year...
http://fortune.com/2017/02/16/dubai-...axi-ehang-184/
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The Jetson's flying cars depending upon some means of anti-gravity. Which doesn't exist because gravity is not a Newtonian force as much as it is an Einstein huge mass warping time-space.
Once you put wings on a car it is no longer a car, it becomes an airplane that's regulated and licensed by the federal government instead of by states..
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We've had flying cars for the longest time, they're called helicopters.
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I liked the speeder bikes when I was a kid. Never really liked Star Wars much, I like Star Trek more.

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Old Posted Jul 14, 2017, 8:44 PM
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These are cool concepts. Flying cars have been around since the 40's but there's no real demand for them, no one wants to deal with having a flying car, people are just interested in looking at them on YouTube but not actually buying them. There's been a number of failed companies manufacturing flying cars or trying to generate hype around their product.

I am one of those people who want to have the latest gadget, but realistically, as much as I'm pro-flying cars, I'm probably not going to get one even if I could afford it. I don't even want to deal with having a driving car, and the infrastructure is basically there, although that's arguable in NYC, while having a flying car just seems like a constant headache.
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I am sure some people said the same thing about cell phones and television too so you're probably in good company.

I personally think they will be here in short order in but the timeline will depend largely on the batteries and automation of flight much like electric car adoption. Apparently the Lilium Jet project will only require a 25-hour flight course because it will qualify as a Light Sport Aircraft... And because the cost of electricity even at an airplane sized battery scale is of so little consequence I can see small light air taxis taking a big chunk of at least the regional flight market since even by conservative estimates 90% of airports in the USA and Canada have little to no traffic through them, which is a lot of unused capacity!
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Old Posted Jul 15, 2017, 5:57 AM
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The reality is that until they are made to be long distance and completely self flying from start to finish then they will only be a novelty. Until that time a flying license will be required which few will be bothered to get.

Also try getting insurance to make it legal to even fly.
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Eyes on the skies: SkyDrive plans to launch flying cars in three years


https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/20.../#.XzWC3X57nIU

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- Tokyo-based SkyDrive Inc.’s CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa is convinced that by 2050 anyone will be able to fly to any destination within the capital’s 23 wards in 10 minutes. The potential is enormous, with global demand for electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) set to reach $1.5 trillion (¥158 trillion) by around 2040, according to research by Morgan Stanley in 2019. --- A market for the vehicles “could likely begin as an ultraniche add-on to existing transportation infrastructure, similar to how helicopters operate today,” said Rajeev Lalwani, Morgan Stanley’s lead analyst covering airlines and aircrafts. “They could later transform into a cost-effective, time-efficient method of traveling short to medium distances, eventually taking business away from car and airline companies.”

- Although there are more than 100 flying car projects globally, including major international firms such as Boeing Co., Airbus SE and Uber Technologies Inc., the two-seater vehicle envisioned by SkyDrive is unique in that it is the world’s smallest flying car, and can fit in a parking space for two conventional cars. --- Naysayers are skeptical about the possibility of making the flying cars of sci-fi movies like the DeLorean in the “Back to the Future” series a reality. But flying car projects are getting a helping hand from Japan’s government, which is pushing for their commercialization in 2023. The government’s ultimate goal is using airspace to transport people in big cities, to avoid traffic jams, and providing a new mode of transport for mountainous areas and remote islands, or for use in case of natural disasters and other emergencies.

- According to Fukuzawa, it won’t be until the late 2020s that the firm would be able to produce eVTOLs that can run on normal roads at speeds of up to 60 kph. But the small size, lightness and quietness of battery-powered aircraft would make it easier to set up takeoff and landing spots in highly convenient locations, like the flat top of a concrete building, compared with the limited number of heliports available for helicopters, for example. --- Having attracted more than 100 sponsors including NEC Corp., Panasonic Corp. and Yazaki Corp. for financial, technical parts supply and human resource support, SkyDrive is making final preparations to demonstrate a manned flight this summer. It is aiming to commercialize an air taxi service in 2023, and sell a fully autonomous flying car for the general public in 2028.

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Japan's 'Flying Car' Gets off Ground, With a Person Aboard

https://www.usnews.com/news/business...-person-aboard

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- Japan’s SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard. --- Tomohiro Fukuzawa, who heads the SkyDrive effort, said he hopes “the flying car” can be made into a real-life product by 2023, but he acknowledged that making it safe was critical. --- The machine so far can fly for just five to 10 minutes but if that can become 30 minutes, it will have more potential, including exports to places like China, Fukuzawa said. --- Unlike airplanes and helicopters, eVTOL, or “electric vertical takeoff and landing,” vehicles offer quick point-to-point personal travel, at least in principle. They could do away with the hassle of airports and traffic jams and the cost of hiring pilots, they could fly automatically.

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Old Posted Aug 31, 2020, 8:30 AM
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Rotating blades to provide lift makes the supposedly small car into a helicopter or plane, which would require a pilot's license to fly in the USA. The guardless blades would also make it into a huge meat grinder to any nearby pedestrians.
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just freaking amazing
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Given our inability to really do 2D (cars on a street) navigation safely, I'm thinking 3D navigation is going to be quite interesting.
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