Whoopee! – Era of The Flying Car May be Near

The Terrafugia Flying Car Could Be Yours in 8 to 12 Years

The Terrafugia Flying Car
Could Be Yours in 8 to 12 Years

Maybe my current issue with shingles has slightly darkened my outlook on this news that I just I received today from Mark Wernick, but it didn’t shape my thoughts. I have hated the idea of flying personal cars forever and the thought that there may be just enough money, power, greed, and unresolved adolescence out there among providers and consumers to make it happen within the next eight to twelve years is flat scary, stupid and game changing for how we all will have to live our lives, forever thereafter, like it or not. How many folks out there now who can afford a Lexxus will pass on a version that now has the ability to go up, up, and away too.

Is the Terrafugia TF-X the Flying Car of the Future?

Sounds great, right?

Well, here are my Top Ten Questions to frame why it may not be such a good idea:

1) Do you like the idea that drivers will then be able drink, drug, and text – as they fly over your house?

2) When two flying drivers run into each other, where do they go?

3) And you thought flying model drones could be an invasion of your vanishing right to privacy?

4) Is our inability to establish physically visible flight lanes and traffic signals in the sky offset by the maturity of flying drivers suddenly, and magically, making the need for airborne traffic control unnecessary?

5) How do you feel about people suddenly “dropping in on you unannounced”, especially, when those people are strangers and are only dropping in because they suddenly ran out of gas?

6) Can you imagine how our skies will look – and smell – if we do move into a world in which all the one-car freeway traffic is now 500 to 1,000 feet in the air – and all over the place?

7) And how about that freeway sound that is no longer restricted to the fairly few carved ground traffic arteries? Do you like it in the backyard too?

8) And how will the “Don’t Mess with Texas” campaign deal with all of the Friday night empty beer bottles that we now get to pick up in our backyards too – or in glass pieces from our roofs?

9) Does the 2nd Amendment protect the rights of two drunk and packing heat fellows to defend themselves against each other in a shoot-out that’s about to take place above a child care center?

10) You aren’t counting on the tortoise of our emotional growth as a species to catch up the hare of technological change in this race, are you? I hope not.

That’s it from me for now. I’m going back to bed.


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5 Responses to “Whoopee! – Era of The Flying Car May be Near”

  1. Rick B. Says:

    Rest well & rest in the assurance that you’ve spelled out the reasons why flying cars should never exist. You listed all of my concerns and then some. Like I often tell my kids, “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should.”

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    What could possibly go wrong?

  3. vdpittman Says:

    “Flux capacitor not included”

  4. Art A. Says:

    Over 40 years ago, I recall seeing the “Waterman Arrowbile” a flying automobile (I use that term loosely) from 1937 in a museum in San Diego. I believe that the Dodgers will return to Brooklyn before the flying car becomes a reality. http://theoldmotor.com/?p=103983

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