I do believe there will be a place for flying cars, but they will be nothing like in the Jetsons.
Bloomberg is reporting (and here) that Google co-founder Larry Page is backing two flying car startups. He’s invested over $100 million in Zee.Aero and is also an investor in a competing company called Kitty Hawk. (Love that name.)
The 12 readers of this blog know that in 2008, I decided to post items about flying cars, a topic that I thought was somewhat whimsical, but that has been a standard feature of “the future” in science fiction literature.
My project lasted one year and ended with my wrap-up of that year’s 10 best posts about flying cars.
Since then, however, I often get pinged by those who see stories about flying cars. And so, from time to time, I’ll post items about the topic.
For the record, my favorite “post-2008” stories are about a company called Terrafugia. Nearly every year since 2008, the company has made some sort of announcement that suggests a commercial version of their concept will be on the market “next July.” They continue to make announcements and videos.
For the record, despite being a bit tongue in cheek about the topic, I do believe there will be a place for flying cars, but they will be nothing like in the Jetsons. I think they’ll be more like drones.
(Update on July 11, 2016 due to change in theme design.)
First: A Flashback to the year 2006 when I blogged all year about stories I’d see regarding flying cars. The truth is, you could pick out any year and read just as many articles about people who are going to start having a commercial version of a flying car next July. For some reason, next July is always far enough in the future so reporters will forget to check back in.
Anyway, I just saw this and thought it was too 2006 to pass up.
At least they didn’t claim it would be available next July.
One of this blog’s 12 readers (and a brother of mine, too boot) sent me a link to a story today because he recalls that in 2008, I decided to blog for a year about the technology I feel I’ve been cheated out of, as it’s been promised to me by science fiction writers my entire life: Flying cars. (That links to a year-end wrap-up of the stories I ran across during the year. And here’s a link to a Delicious list of about 50 articles I ran across that year.)
Since then, I’ve rarely blogged about flying car startups and concepts, but it’s fun when people send me items they run across.
Some of the most persistent press about flying car concepts comes from a company in Massachusettes called Terrafugia. I don’t know about their cars, but they have a great PR company working for them. Every year or so, they get coverage when they announce they’ll have a flying vehicle (or roadable plane) on the market “next July.” (I think they’ve gone through about six “next Julys” since I first heard about them.)
Today, there’s an article on Xconomy.com (a site I wasn’t aware my brother frequents) about Terrafugia’s newest idea, a self-flying car. Like everything Terrafugia describes, it sounds pretty cool. Indeed, I think it’s cooler than any internet start-up I’ve heard about lately.
However, I’m guessing it won’t be available until next July, if you know what I mean.