Tuesday 3rd December 2013
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Flying cars take to the skies

Yes, flying cars are bound to turn heads, let's face it we've all been dreaming about the concept of flying into the sky since we were kids. There are even times now when we wish were driving one of these smart gizmos, especially when stuck in slow moving, or solid traffic jams. Other times, we may get frustrated when driving along slow swerving A-roads and wish we could just hit the take off button to free ourselves from the mind-blowing twisty lanes and corners. We normally look for other alternative modes of transport when we experience a half-hour drive that actually takes two hours or more. This is when we begin again to dream of flying cars!

The future of flying cars

Henry Ford made a famous statement back in 1940, "Mark my words: A combination of airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come."

Could flying cars become reality, if they do will they really put an end to our mundane driving? There are some points to consider before this concept can finally be publicly lifted off the ground.

One of the greatest concerns for all involved is the notion of taking off into the skies with no road markings potentially increasing accidents and causing chaos. There is also the threat of further terrorist acts, in fact all drivers could become very easy targets. Furthermore, let us not forget, there will be bigger planes in the sky that drivers will need to stay well clear away from, which brings up the questions of how high should a flying car be able to fly? and is there an intelligence control system that could be implemented to protect against clashes with other planes in the sky?

So, therefore it is not an impossibility to see the merging of an airplane and a car; however it is the policing and safety that are the main key issues here. Already, flying cars are on the market and have been constructed with demand readily increasing. The TFX model below in the video explains that this flying car model has a distance range of 500 miles on a full tank and can travel at a cruising speed of 200 miles per hour. Please feel free to watch the video below to learn more and also understand the safety software that is already being used in today's planes, especially systems such as sophisticated auto pilot programmes, that allow the pilot to pre-programme the take off, the journey and landing details of the car without even having to take control of the vehicle itself.

You can really see that mankind certainly has a passion and desire to get cars into the sky sooner rather than later. What do you think the potential pitfalls, or concerns could be? Please publish your comments below online with us.

The history of flying cars

The new Aeromobil Flying Car

The first attempt to build flying cars started during the early 1900s by Glenn Curtis, although the car couldn't fly it could skip and hop. From here flying cars became a mission for many other entrepreneurs such as Waldo Waterman building the Arrowbile in 1937 and Robert Fulton building the Airphilian in 1946. There have also been of course many other successful attempts since these great men's achievements.

The days of modern flying cars could be just around the corner with no shortage of engineers. If safeguards can be put in place to prevent all such obstacles as described above, then there is no reason why flying cars shouldn't be successfully moved out onto the public market.Flying cars have always been in the realm of science fiction. However, the reality of flying one is closer than we think. Zee.Areo based on Mountain View are attempting to create a new type of aircraft, although little has been spoken about this project, they are hiring aerodynamic engineers.

Chinese engineers are now on a mission to build flying cars and there is AeroMobil a Slovakian company. The new AeroMobil is ready to take off; it is apparently ready to go into production next year. It is basically a steel frame car that is capable of travelling on any road, but at the press of a button, it can unfold its carbon-fibre wings and fly.