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Just wondering when one of these flying cars inventors will give crowdfunding a try.
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I can only hope the flying car is shortly followed by the bouncing rubber car, or we're doomed.
 
The flying car was invented in 1956 in the US, but then it was told it had to comply not just with automotive regulations, but FAA regulations as well. It was done in 1960, but was no longer compliant with updated automotive regulations. By then the project was pretty much abandoned because this cat-and-mouse game was getting rediculous.
 
I'm a pilot and aircraft owner. Flying cars have been technically feasible since before I was born, but they have a huge practical problem: like a bird's wings, flying surfaces (propeller, wings, control surfaces, stabilizers) are necessarily lightweight and, in some ways, fragile. In a plane, everything is astoundingly expensive to repair, and if there is hidden structural damage (like internal stress fractures), I can die. Like most pilots, I spend 15-30 minutes inspecting my plane before every flight, rain or shine, and I keep it at an airport, behind a fence, safe from hazards.

I just can't reconcile the care I have to take with an airplane with driving one on a city street, parallel parking in a tight spot, driving through potholes, or leaving it in a supermarket parking lot. It just doesn't make sense. Even if I find the damage, one fender bender could cost me $10-20K to repair.
 
Add to +David Megginson's comments: you will be required to have at least an FAA sport pilot certification to fly one of these in US airspace, so that means a bunch of training (that's quite a bit harder than getting a driver's license) and maintenance/repairs on the craft have to be done by similarly certified mechanics, who are not cheap. And after all that, you can't fly one within 2000 feet of the nearest house, person, or vehicle, so it's not like you get to land in your back yard.
 
+David Megginson When I watched the video of the Transition driving into a gas station, I thought "no way would I ever refill my car/plane like that" where anyone could bump into me and cause significant damage, and like you say, increase the risk to life. Well said.

And yet.... despite all the negatives and "practical problems" you always hope that somehow these will be overcome with scientific advances. Maybe nanotech will provide materials that are finally light-weight and strong enough. Maybe hidden structural damage can be detected by internet-of-things-sensors that communicate. Maybe after Google perfects self-driving cars, they'll turn to self-driving car planes, and reduce the safety risks even further. Who knows what the future will hold? At least we know there will always be dreamers trying to figure this stuff out.
 
Whats the idea behind flying cars? Avoid trafic congestions? Be free? Flying cars are hellicopters (or planes) and because of that you will have to obtain a card to drive. I believe flying cars will not solve any transportation problem, will just create the need of new legislation and new places for trafic jams.
 
+Alvaro Ramos Delacoste -- a major driver is the ability to go point-to-point rather than follow congested roads, and since air is three-dimensional it sure does reduce the congestion... right up until you get to the airport and have a traffic jam there, when running out of gas waiting to land is a potentially life-threatening experience.
 
I thought the Mollar Flying car was going to make it in the late 90 :(
 
Nah, the Moller thing has been a scam for ~30 years running. . .
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