from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Considering the number of car accidents each year, it's not exactly surprising that flying cars haven't taken off yet. Most drivers can barely handle looking forward, backward and side to side -- and adding up and down is just going to make things worse. Still, the future promised us flying cars, so people are working on building flying cars. Here are just a few links on the topic of personal flying vehicles and some other ill-advised ideas.
- A flying car from Slovakia recently made a test flight after about 20 years of development. The Aeromobil 2.5 isn't the only flying car design out there, but it actually looks like an almost normal car from the front (though its side-view profile looks like a crazy transformer). [url]
- Maybe there shouldn't be flying cars clogging up the sky, but NASA is helping to develop new rules for how to share the air with drones. In 2015, the FAA plans to open up US airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles above 18,000 feet -- but the skies probably won't be fully open to drones until after 2020. [url]
- If more people are going to be flying around in all kinds of crazy contraptions, it might make sense to develop ways to skydive without a parachute. Gary Connery jumped 2,400 feet from a helicopter in a special wingsuit without a parachute, and he fell for almost a minute before crashing into a landing strip made of about 18,600 cardboard boxes. [url]