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Old May 8 2014, 03:21 AM   #1
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flying car

Finally! The flying car may be soon becoming a reality!

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Old May 8 2014, 03:25 AM   #2
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Re: flying car

They say it's not a car that flies - more like a plane that drives. So I don't really see the point of all of this. Most drivers expect a car, just like the ones we drive today, but one that flies (like the ones in The Fifth Element). If they can't have that, the general public won't go for this.

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Old May 8 2014, 10:55 PM   #3
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Flying cars are never gonna happen, but not for technical reasons. Simply for safety reasons.
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Old May 8 2014, 11:10 PM   #4
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Finally! The flying car may be soon becoming a reality!
I'm much more interested in self-driving cars than I am in flying cars.

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Old May 8 2014, 11:40 PM   #5
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Re: flying car

JarodRussell wrote: View Post
Flying cars are never gonna happen, but not for technical reasons. Simply for safety reasons.
I think it's more a liability thing. The lawyers would be salivating over this.

I mean, think about it. If a flying car goes wrong and crashes into something or someone, who's responsible? The pilot? Flying cars would certainly be controlled by a central computer, so there'd be no pilot as we understand it. So who IS liable? The designer of the car? The programmer of the system? The legal red tape would choke to death any actual useability of the system.

And in the end, that's just as well, IMHO. I could live without the constant fear of a flying car crashing into my house, my car, my self, etc. At least with existing cars, the system of roads helps to put a bit of a buffer on it. If a car goes off the road, it will probably hit the curb and flip over - there may be some, but not a lot of, likelihood that it will hit me or my home. But with a FLYING car? There's no defense against that.
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Old May 8 2014, 11:43 PM   #6
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If terrorists had flying cars, you'd have 9/11 events daily.
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Old May 9 2014, 12:18 AM   #7
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Re: flying car

^ Ain't that the truth.

I admit my views on this are influenced by the fact that I really don't like to drive and that I am a total mass transit obsessed geek. If there was a real, universal, realistic "personal rapid transit" system which could completely replace the car, I'd embrace it.

I mean, think about it: wouldn't it be a lot easier if you could just step outside your front door and have a PRT cab immediately ready for you, whenever you wanted it, and it could take you straight to your destination without any need to wait for it? Much easier than a car, of course. And PRT would still be controlled by a central computer system (as any "flying car" system would), but it would be much safer, I would think, since it wouldn't fly - it would only move over predetermined layouts of tracks.

And since all PRT vehicles would be owned and maintained by a central authority, which would inspect them regularly (and protect their computer system against hackers), the danger of terrorist attacks would be much less.
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Old May 9 2014, 01:05 AM   #8
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We will never having flying cars until they can fly themselves. The average person is a bad enough driver, it's stupid to put them in control of a vehicle in which a crash means certain death. The first flying cars will not be around until we have had self driving cars for a while, and the flying will be controlled by a computer.
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Old May 9 2014, 04:27 AM   #9
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Re: flying car

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I admit my views on this are influenced by the fact that I really don't like to drive and that I am a total mass transit obsessed geek. If there was a real, universal, realistic "personal rapid transit" system which could completely replace the car, I'd embrace it.
A workable PRT system would be great -- as an adjunct or an alternative to the personal automobile, not a replacement for it.

I like driving.
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Old May 9 2014, 08:09 AM   #10
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As much as I would want flying cars, I'll have to say no. People have enough trouble navigating their vehicles in two dimensional environment.
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Old May 9 2014, 04:29 PM   #11
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A workable PRT system would be great -- as an adjunct or an alternative to the personal automobile, not a replacement for it.

I like driving.
At some point insurance costs will probably force most people with cars towards self-driving models. I also think they'll become very popular with older people who have difficulty driving but want to maintain the freedom an automobile provides them.

The risks posed by flying cars will far outweigh any demand, IMO.

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Old May 9 2014, 09:30 PM   #12
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As much as I would want flying cars, I'll have to say no. People have enough trouble navigating their vehicles in two dimensional environment.
Exactly why I said it won't be until computers can fly them, removing the human error component.
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Old May 10 2014, 12:26 PM   #13
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Yeah, I see "this" http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/09/travel...html?hpt=hp_t2 happening many times with flying cars.

Especially cars flown "under the influence".
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Old May 11 2014, 03:35 AM   #14
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Flying cars are never gonna happen, but not for technical reasons. Simply for safety reasons.
You mean like aircraft? And spacecraft? Those will never happen for safety reasons?
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Old May 11 2014, 05:24 AM   #15
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^ The difference is, both of those things aren't exactly accessible to the general public. And they must be crewed by trained professionals.
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