Flying cars and bikes

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  1. WolfFan

    Flying cars and bikes

    There have been several stories in El Reg about flying cars, and variants on that theme such as hoverbikes, going back to at least 2013. The various vehicles are announced, some commentards swoon over them, others indulge in massive snark, the swooners wax wroth at the infidels, and then nothing more is ever heard of the projects again. I suspect that the snarkers had it right, and the various projects, including, from memory, one produced by Google, were as impractical as they seemed. (I recall Slicing Dicing Blades of Death being mentioned several times, greatly upsetting the swooners.) Have any of the projects advanced? The Aero-X hoverbike was mentioned in El Reg in 2014, for sale to the public in 2017, for example. Wiki says that it ain't available yet. I suspect that it, and similar efforts, will never be available. Does anyone have an opinion on the matter? Am I on the right track, or am I just another nattering nabob of negativity?

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Flying cars and bikes

      "Have any of the projects advanced?"

      Advanced? Yes, of course. To the point of actual usability in that 'orrible place known as the Real World? Nope. Not that I'm aware of, anyway. Something about stability, reliability, power to weight ratio and range.

      Reality isn't really the same thing as negativity.

      Damn that physics, anyway!

  2. User07

    I believe these kind of discovery/innovation will transform the commute.

    In near future we surely can lay our hands on flying bikes and cars for sure. Hurray

    1. User07

      I remember the time when mobile phones hit the market. My father was using BPL mobile phone, such a heavy one. But I never thought that piece of the device would redefine our daily life.

      The same could be expected in the automobile industry. In recent times the automobile industry has worked for hand in hand with IoT and artificial intelligence tech giants to deliver the smartest safest vehicle. Cars/trucks are becoming large smart devices with smart braking ability, more fuel-efficient, and mapping technology for autonomous driving.

      The complete autonomous vehicles will hit the road pretty soon. I do not doubt that. Hopefully, it can bring down the mortality rate by accidents. For me, the much anticipated or expected change in the modern tech sector is flying cars and bikes. Many may say that it's a distant dream. But I don't believe that.

      We have seen that many companies have come up with flying taxi concepts. Pretty soon the expos will host models that can fly high above the human expectations.

      Big data is playing a quintessential part in the customization of vehicles as well, notifying car owners of when their vehicles need maintenance. The flying car models could be a boost to the Car as a Service.

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