Why Flying Cars Are Difficult And Dumb

By this stage, it's fairly clear that flying cars aren't going to happen any time soon, despite what the media might want to say. And there's a simple reason for that — the whole concept of flying cars is pretty stupid in the first place.


Vsauce uses this video to explain why a number of futuristic technologies — flying cars, teleportation, and space colonies — aren't quite here yet. It's slightly depressing to hear the long list of problems standing between us and Beam Me Up Scotty, but I'm sure science will come good in the end. [Vsauce]


I'm not sure people would really want flying cars. I have a Pilot's licence and a driver's licence. Driving (except in high traffic) is a fairly cruisy exercise. you can do it with fairly little brain power. Flying on the other hand takes significant concentration. The most concentration is required in high traffic areas such as airfields where communication and constant situational awareness is a must. If flying cars were popular, the daily commute would be a stressful nightmare. It might not even cut commute times by much, because even though you might get a better ground speed overall. The amount of hassle in taking off, traffic separation and landing safely could mean that the 30 minute drive, which could be a 10 minute flight under perfect conditions, might just end up being a 30 minute flight where you stressed yourself out trying not to die.