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(Radio Netherlands)   Dutch scientists invent flying car that will be commercially available in 2014. You bet there's a video   (rnw.nl) divider line 31
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2012-04-03 08:21:06 AM
WANT!
 
2012-04-03 08:30:19 AM
Pretty cool, but it would require a pilot's license.
 
2012-04-03 10:02:37 AM
Just what we need.. to have the skies above suburbia filled with flying soccer moms.
 
2012-04-03 10:46:24 AM
loopyideas.com

"Just 10 more years, really, I mean it this time."
 
2012-04-03 10:48:13 AM

SnarfVader: Pretty cool, but it would require a pilot's license.


Honestly, I would hope that any flying car would require a pilot's license. Anything to try to weed out idiots a little bit more.


Bad drivers in 2 dimensions = catastrophic explosions in 3 dimensions
 
2012-04-03 10:50:55 AM
Did anyone see a price tag?
 
2012-04-03 10:51:59 AM

Nickninja: Bad drivers in 2 dimensions = catastrophic explosions in 3 dimensions


This.
I believe humans should be transported around safely in pneumatic tubes - like turds in a colon.
 
2012-04-03 10:52:50 AM

Nickninja: SnarfVader: Pretty cool, but it would require a pilot's license.

Honestly, I would hope that any flying car would require a pilot's license. Anything to try to weed out idiots a little bit more.


Bad drivers in 2 dimensions = catastrophic explosions in 3 dimensions


yep, I'm fine with this.

this is a Gyro-coptor... looks to be a single seater. One would only need a sports qualification.
Let me know the range, top end speed and cost
 
2012-04-03 10:59:31 AM
More like another road-able plane. As a three-wheeler, it might be able to dodge most of the safety insanity.
 
2012-04-03 11:02:03 AM
blu.stb.s-msn.com

It damn well better be.
 
2012-04-03 11:41:10 AM
www.combatreform.org

/Not impressed.
 
2012-04-03 11:47:27 AM
Hrm, a car that converts to a copter, we haven't seen that before..... ZZZZ..

Call me we can all drive one (automated, no driver control).
 
2012-04-03 11:49:58 AM
www.papersavepro.com
 
2012-04-03 11:55:26 AM
I think MASK did that one first.
www.albertpenello.com
 
2012-04-03 12:33:13 PM
The race to offer a flying is on apparently with this coming on the market later this year.

Link (new window)
 
2012-04-03 12:39:12 PM
Yeah


//no
 
2012-04-03 12:58:52 PM
Seems as though the term "flying car" is being thrown around pretty loosely. At best that is a driving helicopter. Wake me up when my chevy malibu can hover.
 
2012-04-03 01:02:23 PM
Flying car:

questpointsolarsolutions.com

Not a flying car:

www.rnw.nl

Media, please stop already. You're embarrassing yourselves.
 
2012-04-03 01:29:26 PM

Nickninja: SnarfVader: Pretty cool, but it would require a pilot's license.

Honestly, I would hope that any flying car would require a pilot's license. Anything to try to weed out idiots a little bit more.


Bad drivers in 2 dimensions = catastrophic explosions in 3 dimensions


I bet you could build a convertible motorcycle that'd qualify as a part 103 ultralight.
 
2012-04-03 01:37:31 PM
web.mit.edu
 
2012-04-03 02:28:15 PM
This is just a clever way for them to spread their dirty Dutch Rudders around the world.
 
2012-04-03 02:37:42 PM
Dutch scientiests "invent" flying "car" that will be "commercially viable"

ftfm
 
2012-04-03 02:58:01 PM
An autogyro? Really? I didn't know 1933 had arrived already. Link (new window)
 
2012-04-03 03:38:32 PM
Heh, yeah the flying car has been around for a century or more. What we don't have is a standard system in place to allow for a bunch of flying cars wandering around. Because anyone in a position to bring such a system about is simply not in favor of doing so. Because we already have airplanes and cars and they can afford both, so fark 'em.
 
2012-04-03 03:44:33 PM
I thought the mad scientist was supposed to be German?
 
2012-04-03 04:51:59 PM

oldfarthenry: Nickninja: Bad drivers in 2 dimensions = catastrophic explosions in 3 dimensions

This.
I believe humans should be transported around safely in pneumatic tubes - like turds in a colon.


Like this? (new window)
 
2012-04-04 01:54:30 AM
C'mon. That's a drivable helicopter. For flying car, see the above BttF & Blade Runner photos.
 
2012-04-04 02:51:06 AM
What an actual functional flying car might look like:

i.imgur.com

i.dailymail.co.uk

Link (new window)
 
2012-04-04 03:20:04 AM
There are two kinds of people in this world I hate:

Those who are intolerant of people of a different race.....

and the Dutch.

/oh behave
 
2012-04-04 01:12:10 PM
I have a series of questions. What happens when the rotor of this "car" *cough*autogyro*cough* fails mid-flight? Are there invisible wings I'm not seeing? How exactly does it land without the rotor and a live pilot?

I assume it's prohibitively expensive and that you need a pilot's license to take it into the air, but I'm much more worried about how people are going to land the damn thing than all of the power lines they take out trying to fly it.
 
2012-04-04 05:24:20 PM

whispers: I have a series of questions. What happens when the rotor of this "car" *cough*autogyro*cough* fails mid-flight? Are there invisible wings I'm not seeing? How exactly does it land without the rotor and a live pilot?

I assume it's prohibitively expensive and that you need a pilot's license to take it into the air, but I'm much more worried about how people are going to land the damn thing than all of the power lines they take out trying to fly it.


An autogyro is always in emergency 'auto rotation mode'. So if the engine suddenly quits with no warning (which will not happen much) you simply point the nose in a slightly downward angle and pick which field/highway/beach you want to land on. In modern gyros, the aerodynamics are such that even if the engine quits and the pilot keels over, the gyro will automatically float to the ground. Of course if you aren't aiming the thing you'd probably wreck, but dying from such a crash landing isn't very likely.

Like I said above, it's society which hampers the flying car. The flying car has been good to go.
 
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