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Forget Self Driving - Where's My Flying Car!!

Mashable's blog this week asks Do People Really Want Self-Driving Cars? which includes a video of several examples of how close this technology is getting to being a reality. Several commercially sold cars are already self parking.

I say forget all this self-driving stuff, it's 2012 already, where's my flying car?!

The self-driving car is just a way for drunks to get back in their vehicles and keep on drinking between venues on a Friday night. You just know those idiots are going to be so speech impaired by the end of a bender that the car's voice control won't understand them and they're just going to go "F. it, I'm switching to manual control!".

The rest of us kind of enjoy driving... well I do anyway. Do you really need a self driving car in a traffic jam? Really? You know how you are in a traffic jam... "No way is that b**tard cutting in front of me!!"

Can you imagine the frustration of watching your self-driving car being polite, passive and not ensuring that you get ahead of anyone that so much as looks like they're trying to get ahead of you. It probably wouldn't even be smart enough to use the right swear words. Best switch to manual.

The future is flying, not self-driving cars. I want the opportunity to kill myself on the Y axis by flying vertically straight up under a bridge that I didn't realize I was still under.

We're not even close to a flying car.

This isn't it.
Taylor Aerocar III




Neither is this.
Maverick Flying car






Or this.
Terrafugia.







This looks cool, but no.
Pal-V One.







1980's Batman would look cool in this but still not a flying car.
Moller Skycar.






...and this definitely isn't it but at least it looks like a car...



All of the above are definitely fun vehicles but you and I both know that a flying car looks pretty much like your average car but flies.

It doesn't have wings, propellers, jet engines or anything else that looks more at home on a plane or a glider. You don't unfold, convert or attach anything to it. You press a button or pull back on the steering wheel and it flies.

Something like the cars seen in the movie, The Fifth Element...

Police Cars in The Fifth Element.
According to a recent report in the Herald Sun Scientists are beginning work on a road network in the sky, in anticipation of flying cars being 'in use' in the next 20-30 years.

20-30 years! ...and they're still thinking in terms of helicopter vehicles like the Pal-V One. Sigh.

Self-driving cars just don't have the 'cool' factor. Topping that off it solves a problem that isn't really a problem. It's not like I want less to do when I'm driving.

Where's my flying car?

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  1. Hi, I'm building one prototype first flying car in Asia and this car will be having a four seater with my own name on it "Buxani Flying Car".

    Currently under process and one day everyone will hear about it. Wish me luck ..

    Thank you

    Kind Regards
    Haresh Buxani
    email: hareshbuxani@yahoo.com.my

    ReplyDelete
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    1. I think l left out one word from my email ,,

      right email

      hareshbuxani@gmail.com

      Delete

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