Since 2008 I've occasionally posted about predictions on flying cars. These stories often show up in the news when there have been days on end of one rush hour traffic jam after another. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to rise above and over this slow moving traffic? The idea of flying cars strikes me funny because way back when I was in grade school the Weekly Reader would have stories on the future of daily travel and the plans for flying cars was always front and center. The Weekly Reader story, no matter what year, featured a drawing of some cars puttering slowly along while a lucky person who owned a flying car passed over them laughing.
Today a news release came along on Airbus' plan to test a flying car prototype and it seems we won't have to wait long to ride in a flying car. LOL, I've been waiting 60 years. However, this prototype will be skipping over the "fly your own car" as predicted and will instead by a self-driving flying car. Yes folks, we've gone from almost having operator driven flying cars to all of a sudden self flying cars.
I'll believe it when I see it. If these things ever come off an assembly line and are purchased, I can foresee a whole set of new traffic laws. Can you envision today's traffic jams on roads transformed into everyone up in the air? The air filled with flying cars with no lane lines? Take what's on the rush hour highways and move them all up into the air and Voila, you have a sight to behold.
One the other hand, if laws were to limit these flying cars to taxis, then maybe it's a chance for Uber to get in on the ground floor.