The flying car is one of those concepts that’s also become a symbol. It embodies the type of future tech that seems so obvious and yet remains out of reach for one reason or another. The flying car is also a real development that’s been built and flown several times.
And yet, the only thing that’s more resilient than the dream of a flying car is the list obstacles that hold it back. That still doesn’t stop engineers and enthusiasts from building their own models and working to improve on drawbacks that kept previous crafts from going far, but trying to merge a car with an airplane still hasn’t been done with much success or substantial innovation.
“…the main appeal of flying cars continues to be the novelty—and novelty aircraft don’t usually sell very well. Which means we’ll probably keep hearing dissatisfied dreamers ask ‘Where are the flying cars?’ far more than we’ll see them in the sky.”
When it comes to flying cars, the cost to build and own, the license to drive/fly, and the limitations on where they can be used remain just a few of the issues keeping cars on the ground and planes out of parking lots.
Do you think you’ll see a practical flying car in your lifetime, or even hope to pilot it yourself? What do you think it will take to make this persistent dream a reality?