By Yuna Joung ’18

THURJ Staff

If you were to ask someone on the street what they imagine the future will be like, they would most likely describe a world filled with flying cars. However, it seems that we will need to come up with a new way to characterize the future because flying cars are projected to hit the market in just two years.

The driving force behind this is AeroMobil, a Slovakian company whose sole product is the flying car. If AeroMobil’s flying car is successful, it will be the first of its kind. This YouTube video demonstrates how AeroMobil’s Roadster model works.

With its gleaming surfaces and airjets, the luxuries of the Roadster do not come cheap. According to Popular Science, an AeroMobil representative said that the vehicle would cost roughly as much as a sports aircraft, which could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. Nevertheless, it might be worth it to be part of history (or the future) by owning one of these revolutionary cars.

Of course, licensing this car might be a cause for concern.  Surely it isn’t safe for a 16 year old with a driver’s license to hop into a Roadster and take to the skies. Neither can AeroMobil restrict flying car use to licensed pilots. Perhaps the development of the flying car will necessitate some added coursework to DMV requirements. The regulation of licensing will likely be a significant challenge for AeroMobil when its Roadster hits the market.

Looking even further into the future, AeroMobil aims to eat into airline industry profits. Passengers who are flying relatively short distances could shorten their travel time by using a vehicle like the AeroMobil’s, which can take off and land on short stretches, allowing passengers to bypass all the red tape associated with air travel.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Until the flying car hits the markets, I suggest we all invest in a piggy bank and start saving up for this potentially world-shaking technological development.

 

Reference: http://www.popsci.com/sxsw-2015-forget-self-driving-cars-future-self-flying-cars

This post is part of a THURJ blog series called “Outside the Flask,” which features accessible articles written by THURJ staff members about research developments that impact daily life.

 

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