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Flying cars: Could we be in the air by 2024?
The Wright Brothers had us in the air over 100 years ago.
What you see in that photo is a flying car, what I see is a helicopter.
The FAA requires a fairly expensive pilots license to fly helicopters.
Only the rich that can afford flying in helicopters will be able to fly in your so called flying car.
Worse yet for the British; FYI
There are an estimated 27,000 civil aircraft registered in the UK, 96 per cent of which are engaged in GA activities. In 2005 the GA fleet comprised 9,000 fixed-wing aircraft, 4,100 microlights, 1,300 helicopters, 1,800 airships/balloons, 2,500 gliders and some 7,000 hang gliders.
The number of pilots licensed by the CAA to fly powered aircraft in 2005 was 47,000, of whom 28,000 held a Private Pilot Licence. The remainder held professional pilot licences, either a Commercial Pilot Licence or an Airline Transport Pilot Licence, although not all of these would be engaged in GA activities. In addition, there are 10,000 active glider pilots, and estimates put the membership of aviation-related sport and recreational associations at 36,000.
As for the USA;
s of the end of 2019, in the US, there were an estimated 664,565 active certificated pilots. The number of aircraft in the United States has decreased in 2020, estimates holding that the general aviation fleet was 204,980 aircraft, and the for-hire carrier fleet was 5,882 aircraft.

Relatively speaking, the UK had 32.7 million registered automobiles and there were 281 million registered vehicles in the USA.
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UK start-up to build flying taxi hubs in 65 cities

https://cities-today.com/uk-start-up...-in-65-cities/

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- UK start-up Urban-Air Port (UAP) has announced plans to establish 200 hubs for flying taxis and cargo drones across 65 cities globally over the next five years. — The firm is set to launch its first ‘vertiport’, dubbed the “worlds smallest airport”, in Coventry in April, and says a “significant investment” from Hyundai Motor Group’s urban air division Supernal will enable expansion to further sites.

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If they do end up doing flying cars there’s going to have to be some coordination with regulating how it would work with all the other air traffic. No one living near an airport would be able to have one, or some solution to build garages/hangers for those people away from the landing zones. Maybe they’d have to fly at a particular altitude, or prevent them from going above an altitude that could be reserved for planes? Additionally, helicopters are incredibly dangerous when they fly near buildings, or anywhere there’s people. I’m assuming they would have to make some laws in regards to the propellers, among other things, as having flying cars now poses a threat to people on the ground.
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Inside wild plans for roads in the sky fit for ‘flying cars’

https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/inside...r-flying-cars/

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- Flying cars and roads in the sky will be a big part of our future, according to experts. Skyroads, a German tech company, is developing the infrastructure to give flying cars routes and communication tools that will make urban flying not just possible, but safe and reliable. When the car replaced the horse and carriage, governments added to existing infrastructure by widening dirt roads, adding tons of concrete and putting up steel guardrails. It wasn’t easy, but the bones of a transportation system were there. This is not the case with flying cars. We do have air traffic control, regulated air space and runways – but this is hardly sufficient for the future of free-flowing, air traffic taking passengers and cargo across densely populated cities.

- Skyroads envisions a future where cities are populated with eVTOL aircrafts flying overheard – electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing planes that ascend and descend in a straight line. There will be take off and landing zones called “vertiports” scattered throughout cities in high volume areas. “The vertiports internal processes – clearing landing pads for the next vehicles, timing the eVTOL’s charging processes, preparing vehicles for the next set of passengers – will mesh down to the second with the arrival of vehicles,” Huber told The Sun. Essentially, Skyroads will act as the eye-in-the-sky and see that the vehicles’ flight plans are not just geographically accurate but also extremely precise in timing – a feature, Huber noted, is not currently available to planes.

- “Urban Air Mobility is coming. The speed at which it comes depends on how fast some of the challenges are solved,” Huber said. Battery efficiency marks one of the roadblocks on the path to flying cars. Elon Musk, a transportation visionary in his own right, is dumping resources into Tesla to make batteries cheaper and more efficient. “Battery cell production is the fundamental rate-limiter slowing down a sustainable energy future,” Musk said in a 2021 tweet. While industry titans square their efforts towards developing a new age of batteries, Skyroads is preparing the air for cargo and passenger traffic. The company is creating a system of “digital roads” for flying cars or drones to make the air transportation functional and attractive – not unlike how Uber is, in-part, powered by Google Maps.

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Getting to 99.9% safety is great, but I wanna know about the last 0.1%...when the aircar dies, it won't just pause at the side of the road...
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Getting to 99.9% safety is great, but I wanna know about the last 0.1%...when the aircar dies, it won't just pause at the side of the road...
Most designs seem to come with a ballistic parachute much like modern small aircraft. I'd avoid living in flyover territory like suburban Florida if you don't want to see these since that seems like the first areas to adopt this.
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