WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS CONCEPT?

Look at the pictures; read the article.

Done?

Good.

Now tell me why it won’t work.

My answer’s below the quoted text so click on the “continue reading” link.

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The first ever production-ready flying car is due to be shown off later this month at the world’s most exclusive supercar show, Top Marques Monaco.

Built by Slovak pioneering company AeroMobil, the vehicle was first revealed as a concept in 2014, and now a much improved version is almost ready for the world’s richest to take for a spin and purchase if they wish.

CEO Juraj Vaculik claimed the futuristic motor would be available for purchase in 2017.

“By combining aero and car functionality in perfect harmony it heralds a new era in efficient and exciting travel, offering users an unparalleled choice of transport on the road or in the air,” an AeroMobil spokesperson said.

“AeroMobil aims to make personal transportation vastly more efficient and environmentally friendly by allowing significantly faster door-to-door travel for medium distance trips and in areas with limited or missing road infrastructure.”

Apparently “in compliance with the existing regulatory frameworks for both cars and airplanes,” it is almost certain that the operator of such a vehicle would require both a driving and pilot license.

AeroMobil last week announced that it has raised £2.6 million in new funding to help with production.

The company is yet to reveal the price of the unique machine, but if you plan on purchasing one, budget somewhere in the range of A LOT.

Further developments saw the company suggest they were looking to develop an autonomous version of the vehicle.

If successful, it could rival the driverless helicopter currently being developed by E-Volo.

Last month, Italdesign and Airbus revealed their concept of the first modular electric vehicle that can travel on both land and through air.

The two-seater vehicle can be added to two separate electric propelled motors that allow it to either travel on roads or fly.

Dutch company Pal V also designed a concept which is a combination of a car and a helicopter.

 

The concept is viable. Yes.

But how do you control for fender benders? Small accidents that appear superficial but could damage struts, pumps, actuators, etc…all vital for safe flight?

These things are a liability nightmare. And a lawyer’s wet dream.

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6 Responses to WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS CONCEPT?

  1. bogsidebunny says:

    How do you control for fender benders?

    With the concept of “self-drive” cars here now, it’s a non-concern.

    Here’s the very same plane (Aerocar) that came out and flew 60+ years before:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/world-flying-car-created-1949-sale-1-million-article-1.1375626

    I spoke to a guy back in the 1980’s who flew one and he said it was a dream to fly. Too bad it was a concept before its time.

    We’ll see how the modern version “flies”.

  2. antzinpantz says:

    And what about pranksters? Jerks in parking lots?

    You wouldn’t catch me within 50 feet of one of those things.

  3. bogsidebunny says:

    Chances are ANTZ, you wouldn’t be dragged off one because of “overbooking’

  4. Dan says:

    We have had the technology for ‘flying cars’ since at least the 50’s. The problem is the human factor. No amount of engineering can fix stupid. If they actually bring these to market the had better sell them ONLY in places with nonexistent civil legal structure because there WILL be accidents and in something in the sky those accidents will more often than not be fatal. The company may make a lot of money selling these things….but they are going to spend even more on lawyers and lawsuits.

  5. Steamboat McGoo says:

    Aren’t all private aircraft required to have 100- or 1000-hour engine/airframe inspections? And aren’t these expensive? Who wants to have their vehicle in for an inspection that often?

  6. dekare says:

    Yup…too many stupid people. Imagine the morons that you see on the roadways, now in the sky. Best to confine these morons to the ground where we can limit their ability to screw things up.

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