This might interest you because even if you can’t afford it, you can feel their presence. Though it has been a while now when Dutch company, Pal-V announced it was putting its much-ballyhooed flying car on sale. The Pal-V is actually more of a flying three-wheeled motorcycle than a flying car, but the point is, it’s a street-legal vehicle than can become airborne when needed. So if you happen to have a spare $300,000 and 30 hours to devote to earning your sport pilot license, you too can enjoy the flying car of the future now.
Do you now understand or know what it takes to fly in your own car and not some kinds of private jet?
The cost of the Pal-V may prove prohibitive for the average consumers, but that’s okay, because the average consumer doesn’t need a flying car, nor should they want one. Despite what we like to imagine about flying cars freeing up traffic and lifting the smog away from our fruited plains, and despite what films like Blade Runner, Back to the Future, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang portrayed, airborne automobiles are not a practical means of transportation.
The reasons for this should be fairly obvious, if you simply imagine even a fraction of the several thousands (if not millions) of car crashes in our roads alone occurring overhead, possibly resulting in debris raining down on whatever and whoever is unlucky enough to be near the flight path.
In 2011, there were nearly 5,000 near misses among airplanes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.). Now, what do you think would happen if 5,000 trained pilots, guided by an air traffic control system and some of the most advanced technology available, come close to crashing nearly 5,000 times in one year, how do you suppose the average driver who has yet to master piloting a vehicle in two dimensions, let alone three. What do you think would happen in this regard?
But just because one particular Jetsons-inspired fantasy will never come to be, doesn’t mean that flying cars like the Pal-V are nothing more than playthings for one-percenters.
It’s easy to see potential uses for such a vehicle for medieval purposes, take some further looks into it for instance, although none of the currently developed flying cars are roomy enough, could it really be for the intended purposes considering the cost and every other things put together?
The most likely application, as with most new technologies, is probably military. A vehicle that can drive over multiple terrains as well as fly would obviously be useful in battle, as well as in search-and-rescue missions and perhaps not for private ownership.
Whether or not anyone will have a flying car parked in front of their house or space dome, if you prefer, sometime in the vast unknowable future, flying cars remain an idea worth pursuing if only – well because they’re really quite spectacularly cool.
For the present and for the average person, the very thoughts of owing a flying car remains an imagination. What do you think?