Uber has revolutionized the taxi industry by attempting to put cars without drivers on our roads. The sky is literally the limit for the corporation – by 2020, it claims it will have flying ride-sharing vehicles. That’s next year!
What’s even more surprising is that Uber is not the only company working towards flying cars. So, do they have a realistic future, or is it all just marketing hype?
It would seem that almost any tiny flying vehicle capable of transporting people can be called a flying car. In fact, they’re just smallaircraft.
How safe are they?
It’s a normal question for any potential passenger to ask. As with all technology that’s still in its infancy, flying cars aren’t likely to be very safe at first. Companies are racing to make their aircraft “safe enough” with the aim to convince regulation authorities and governments that the devicesare reliable and can even be entrusted with human lives. Yet, certain challenges are facing them.
The main challenge?
What happens if something goes wrong? Admittedly, this is a question you could ask about anything. A flight or a car trip could go wrong. But it’s not that simple. If you’re driving a normal car, you can slow down or stop when you sense danger. In a flying car, it wouldn’t be so easy to perceive a risk. The car could plummet to the ground and shatter, killing everyone inside it and anyone who happened to be on the spot down below.
Ehang, a Chinese company, has considered this scenario. Their solution? Equip the cars with a parachute. It might just work – their aircraft service in UAE has!
Wouldn’t avoiding traffic be great?
We’d all answer that with a resounding “yes”. Public transport congestion has become a nightmare for many of us. In rush hour, it can take 30 minutes to drive 30 miles! Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could fly from our homes to our offices?
Yes. If we flew at an average speed of 100 mph and took the most direct route, our journey would be just a few minutes long. The best news is that this example ride is well within the capacities flying cars have today.
And if that’s possible now, wouldn’t this tech be even more advanced next year? What about the year after that? Are we on the verge of a transport revolution?