Moller International is developing an aerodyne (or “volantor,” as its inventor Paul Moller terms it) they call the Skycar. A personal VTOL “flying car.” Costs about a million now, but the company claims it can eventually get the price down to that of a “quality car,” and likewise with the fuel consumption.
Even if they manage that – if, someday, the Skycar costs no more and burns no more fuel per mile than an SUV – will the Skycar ever replace ground vehicles to any significant extent? Some obvious problems suggest themselves. Picture a typical mile of freeway at rush hour – and then imagine all those cars transformed into Skycars. You think we’ve got air-traffic-control problems now . . .
I don’t know if it would be safe to let the average motorist get behind the wheel of a Skycar – drunk or sober. Flying’s a lot more complicated that driving. And even a minor fenderbender of a midair collision might kill all occupants of both vehicles, plus whoever’s on the ground where they happen to fall.
Can you see any way to get around these obstacles and speed the way to a Jetsons future?