Flying cars have often been used to depict the future in books and films that are set decades from now, and many of us are wondering when they are going to make an appearance in the modern world.
If you've always been fascinated with technology and dreamed of flying cars as a child, you might not have to wait much longer. Airbus, a company known for manufacturing civil aircraft, is currently working on a self-piloted flying car and plans to have a prototype ready for testing in 2017. News broke earlier this week that Airbus has plans to roll this out. And now that the secret is out, here's some more info on this exciting innovation.
Flying Cars: An Excellent Way to Avoid Gridlock
Last year, Airbus formed a special division called Urban Air Mobility. The purpose of this division is to explore ideas for urban air vehicles designed to transport individuals or groups.
The aim is for these vehicles to operate with a system similar to Uber or Lyft. Users would download an app that they could then use to call a flying vehicle to their location when needed. According to Airbus CEO Tom Enders, who discussed the vehicles at a recent Munich digital-tech conference, the company hopes to test demonstration vehicles designed for a single person by the end of the year.
Important Considerations: Flying Cars for a Green Future
One big positive about flying cars is that they remove the need for infrastructure repair and maintenance. We may never be completely free of road travel, but the more we can move traffic from the ground to the air, the less structural repairs to roads and bridges will be needed.
Enders pointed out that there are still many challenges to work through before flying cars will be readily available to the public. One big consideration is pollution. It’s important for these vehicles to be free of emissions that could further pollute the air in cities. A new traffic system will also need to be implemented to ensure that flying cars can travel safely and efficiently. Zones will need to be created for loading, takeoff and landing.
Although we’re still a long way from looking out the window and seeing flying cars on a regular basis, those who are fascinated with future technology should be excited about this new development. As we all move toward the future together, we are sure to learn many new things along the way.