November 03, 2015

I'd Trade My Blackberry for a Flying Car

Tam finds the money quote in a William Gibson interview. 

"Holy crap. That's right!"

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1 I'm fond of stating that we've invented the flying car in 1903.

What is a Cessna 172, if not a flying car?

What we haven't "invented" yet is a legal environment and air-traffic control rules that will permit you to own and fly one.

People like to pile requirements onto the 'flying car' paradigm, like requiring it to flawlessly navigate the world independent of pilots. If you want that, you're never getting it. Pile enough requirements onto the dream, and of course it becomes impossible. But we've done flying machines, of myriad types for over a century.

Posted by: ams at Tue Nov 3 20:47:47 2015 (GtPd7)

2 What is a Cessna 172, if not a flying car?

An airplane?  If it's a flying car, it's a damn poor one.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue Nov 3 22:26:50 2015 (a12rG)

3 Molt Taylor did it.

Posted by: Mauser at Wed Nov 4 06:03:36 2015 (TJ7ih)

4 The airspace rules are the smallest problem of a flying car. The runway requirements, noise lawsuits, and local ordinances are the biggest impediments.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed Nov 4 15:22:44 2015 (XOPVE)

5 As Mauser pointed out, Molt Taylor created multiple flying cars over the years.  Unfortunately, a good car and a good aircraft have too many different requirements for a single vehicle to be good at both. 

I think the best we can hope for is a vehicle that is a poor car and an average aircraft.  It'd have just enough road capability to drive from your garage to the nearest airport, or from your destination airport to a hotel.

Posted by: Siergen at Thu Nov 5 17:15:55 2015 (De/yN)

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