Flying Cars Where Are They?
For over half a century, the vision of flying cars has captured
the science fiction imagination in books, movies, and commercials.
At face value, the idea of a car lifting off the ground and soaring
through the air is a wonderful dream, but there are more than a
few caveats to making them a widely distributed reality. As people
sit in traffic jams across the country, more than a few people have
wished they could simply rise up off the ground and zoom past the
tangled ground based transportation system.
Our current system of transportation includes planes, so why not
convert automobiles for low level flight as well? On close examination,
the idea of flying cars goes way beyond the engineering limitations.
Today s traffic is centered on using roads and highways as directive
paths for managing transportation. For our machines that are capable
of flight, there are rules about altitude, flying over cities, and
controlling traffic in existing air space. Automobiles equipped
for flight would change the entire dynamic of the current industry,
causing our society to rethink support systems like tires, brakes,
engines, roads, fuel, and safety. With the horrendous accidents
already taking place using a two dimensional lane changing system,
just imagine the nightmare of figuring out how to regulate traffic
in three dimensional space, adding the vertical aspects of watching
out for crazy drivers who are trying to fly and talk on their cell
A practical auto flight plan would need to be tightly controlled
with new rules about vertical lane changes, intersections, traffic
flow, and controlled right of way. Taking a car accident off the
ground would almost certainly increase the fatality rate of even
minor accidents at an astronomically increased rate. Entirely new
systems for air traffic control would have to be invented and instituted.
The prospect of driving in a practical automobile based flight
system is not likely to take place in this century or the next.
Our technology is not advanced enough to put the prospect of aerial
navigation into the hands of the average driver, anywhere in this
world. It would be a pretty safe bet to assume that you will not
be getting off the ground in a car within the foreseeable future.
If science fiction writers want to project the future of our commute
to work, they had better stick with ground based systems or teleportation
devices as the means most likely to be found in our future. At least
with teleportation, the advent of this new technology would have
a greater potential for changing the face of transportation methods
almost over night, using a single new technology to accomplish a
real transformation of our society.
John Dir Director of Software Concepts BHO Technologists - LittleTek
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