DailyDirt: Flying Cars Are Here!

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The future has pretty much arrived already. We've been waiting for flying cars and super-smart computers, but if we're willing to accept some flaws, these things exist today. (And if you believe the press releases of Lockheed Martin, we'll only need to wait a few more years for practical fusion!) Here are just a few more flying cars (or roadable aircraft) that could be roaming around neighborhood streets. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: autonomous aircraft, flying cars, mycopter, pavs, personal aviation vehicles, roadable aircraft, the maverick
Companies: aeromobil, terrafugia


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  1. icon
    Mason Wheeler (profile), 11 Nov 2014 @ 5:11pm

    I, for one, don't want flying cars, at least not until Eric Schmidt's famous bug gets fixed! Every day I'm surrounded by idiot drivers who are just barely, somehow miraculously capable of getting around in two dimensions without bringing property damage and severe injury to those around them. No way, no how do I want to put a third dimension in their hands!

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    That One Guy (profile), 11 Nov 2014 @ 5:30pm

    Yeah, there's already more than enough people who shouldn't have a regular license causing crashes left and right, the last thing they need is another dimension to cause havoc in.

    A car crash on the road is bad enough, now imagine a 'car' crash mid-air, over a crowd, home, or building. The hardware side might be getting closer to being viable, but there are a lot of more important aspects that need to be dealt with before 'flying cars' are rolled out for the general market.

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2014 @ 5:57pm

    Make mine a "classic" flying car, like this one from the 1940s:

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/06/18/article-2343762-1A609436000005DC-718_634x400.jpg

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    Anonymous Coward, 11 Nov 2014 @ 8:02pm

    Re:

    One company whose been working with the regulatory powers to iron out these details is Moller International. They're the closest thing I've seen to a viable solution.

    http://www.moller.com

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    Stan (profile), 11 Nov 2014 @ 11:55pm

    making PAVs idiot-proof

    "The MyCopter project is (trying)...to make personal aviation vehicles (PAVs) idiot-proof."

    Does that mean they will be using congressmen for test pilots?

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Nov 2014 @ 2:06am

    Why doesn't Techdirt promote any Kickstarter campaigns for flying cars?

    Like this one?

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1999331578/the-overdrive-ultimate-in-personal-transportatio n

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Nov 2014 @ 2:34am

    Re:

    Also required is a protocol for dealing with traffic jams in the sky. These things cannot just hang-about in mid air, and idiot drivers will not want to divert to an alternative landing site.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Nov 2014 @ 4:49am

    Bird Strikes

    nt

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Nov 2014 @ 10:30am

    Re:

    Because likely Techdirt has ethical problems with a site that accepts investments with no legal responsibility to divide returns.

    It is by definition a scam and a very disgusting site in general.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 12 Nov 2014 @ 11:01am

    Re: Re:

    It's not an investing site. They make that perfectly clear right up front. Kickstarter is not an investing site, and project owners are prohibited by Kicksterter terms from offering shares, bonds, or any similar securities as backer rewards.

    Kickstarter backers are not investors; a more appropriate description would be the rather old-fashioned term "patron of the arts."

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2014 @ 7:31am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Which is why it is shady as fuck. No one should take advantage of dimwits like that. It is crude.

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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Nov 2014 @ 9:33am

    Re: Bird Strikes

    Visibility: Fog, heavy snow or rain...

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    Marcel, 14 Nov 2014 @ 4:38am

    Check this dutch invention: (Pal-V).

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    West Siders, 10 Jul 2015 @ 9:49pm

    It's still controversial

    Yes, there are more than enough people who do not have a regular license causing accidents left and right, the last thing they need is another dimension to cause damage.

    A car accident on the road is bad enough, now imagine an accident 'drive' the air, above the crowd, the house or building. In terms of hardware you may be getting close to being decent, but there are many more important issues to be addressed before "flying car", which was released to the market in general.

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