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(Ars Technica)   Question: "It's 2017, where's my flying car?" Answer: "not here"   ( arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Unlikely, Internal combustion engine, Flying Car, shiny silver jumpsuits, questionable technological progress, Flying Car version, federal road vehicle, lightweight carbon fiber, high power engines  
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2017-04-20 03:59:39 PM  
We'll have flying cars, just as soon as we have safe fusion reactors providing power for us.

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The cleverness of that joke is that flying cars and sustainable, controlled fusion both seem to perpetually be just a decade away.
 
2017-04-20 04:17:19 PM  
Make sure to remove the cat first.


Remove cat before flight
Youtube J_8mdH20qTQ
 
2017-04-20 05:09:17 PM  
100 years of trying to combine car and plane have been abject failures - you inevitably wind up with something which is both inferior (as a car and as a plane), and expensive.

We are likely to see personal flying transport in the near future, but it will be provided by inventors going down the drone route.

Dubai plans to introduce a small passenger + bag drone this year

/won't be feasible in US bc limited to 220 lbs
 
2017-04-20 05:11:06 PM  
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2017-04-20 05:24:57 PM  
Other answer: daily we see that psychotic apes piloting ballistic missiles in two dimensions are exceedingly good at colliding with objects and each other. Adding another dimension to that will serve to make sure they collide them with homes, schools, hospitals, chemical plants, and other fun places. Asking us to read a road map is an amazing feat. Try getting us to follow a flight path.
 
2017-04-20 05:25:40 PM  
If we can't look at twerking jailbait or swerve around bee hives without crashing....
 
2017-04-20 05:42:14 PM  
It's called a helicopter. Most people can barely figure out traveling in two dimensions. You really want to add another level of complexity for your 16-year-old kid?
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2017-04-20 05:53:57 PM  
It's about the relatively wealthy trying to avoid being amongst the hoi palloi, so they don't have to see the world at ground level. The actual wealthy have charters, fractional ownership, full ownership, and drivers.

Not that they've built a working prototype. Flying cars have been a niche con job for decades.
 
2017-04-20 06:01:01 PM  
IBM Flying Cars Commercial
Youtube vzm6pvHPSGo
 
2017-04-20 06:29:55 PM  
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2017-04-20 06:52:44 PM  

moothemagiccow: It's called a helicopter. Most people can barely figure out traveling in two dimensions. You really want to add another level of complexity for your 16-year-old kid?
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Actually.... yes.
There is less to hit while flying and with increasing automation there is less for the pilot to do.
Because the vehicle costs more it is also less likely to be in the hands of someone's kid.

/Figuring out how to travel in three dimensions isn't that difficult.
 
2017-04-20 07:09:44 PM  
Only because the government and big physics are suppressing anti gravity theories.
 
2017-04-20 08:44:45 PM  

way south: moothemagiccow: It's called a helicopter. Most people can barely figure out traveling in two dimensions. You really want to add another level of complexity for your 16-year-old kid?
[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 736x490]

Actually.... yes.
There is less to hit while flying and with increasing automation there is less for the pilot to do.
Because the vehicle costs more it is also less likely to be in the hands of someone's kid.

/Figuring out how to travel in three dimensions isn't that difficult.


For the last time, the concept of the "flying car" does not mean you are the only one with a flying car.
 
2017-04-20 09:24:23 PM  

moothemagiccow: way south: moothemagiccow: It's called a helicopter. Most people can barely figure out traveling in two dimensions. You really want to add another level of complexity for your 16-year-old kid?
[s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com image 736x490]

Actually.... yes.
There is less to hit while flying and with increasing automation there is less for the pilot to do.
Because the vehicle costs more it is also less likely to be in the hands of someone's kid.

/Figuring out how to travel in three dimensions isn't that difficult.

For the last time, the concept of the "flying car" does not mean you are the only one with a flying car.


The current lack of flying cars suggests that you would be, if you had one...

/even if you weren't, there's a lot more Sky to share than there is road.
 
2017-04-21 06:15:22 AM  
They got 2 more years to deliver the cool motorcycle from Akira.
 
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