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Sometimes, my country is awesome.
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I also question the 175mph thing...

I've ridden 130 on a bike on the ground, and to say this about a hovercraft with very little in the way of stabilization seems a bit odd. Not blaming the Inventor. Just questioning it's inclusion in the title as others have.

I pray we get Star Wars Endor hover bikes...
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More like a bird going in the blades D:
Or crashing, OR falling off, OR it becoming unstable, OR one prop to cut off

Lots of stuff can go wrong
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We will never get hover vehicles mainstream. Think about the terrorists attacks that could be instilled. We will never be able to walk into a store and buy one like a car or a bike.
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We will never get hover vehicles mainstream. Think about the terrorists attacks that could be instilled. We will never be able to walk into a store and buy one like a car or a bike.
Or they would be equipped by some type of remote control software that allows law enforcement to temporary control the vehicle
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Or they would be equipped by some type of remote control software that allows law enforcement to temporary control the vehicle
Same way on how a airplane is tracked, but on a larger scale and more controllable.
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We will never get hover vehicles mainstream. Think about the terrorists attacks that could be instilled. We will never be able to walk into a store and buy one like a car or a bike.
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Or they would be equipped by some type of remote control software that allows law enforcement to temporary control the vehicle
Two terrible killjoys
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We will never get hover vehicles mainstream. Think about the terrorists attacks that could be instilled.
We will never get them because of terrorists? Really?

I can come up with 5 better reasons why these will never become mainstream:

1. Peoples' ability - How many bad drivers are out there? Now imagine that in 3 dimensions at >170MPH and up to 10'000 feet up...

2. Litigation - Any idea how long it took to get the first cars on the road? And that was back in the day when politicians were capable of making decisions. Legalizing a flying vehicle for mainstream use is going to take some time.

3. Fuel economy - Like it or not, rolling friction from wheels is always going to be lower than the power needed to lift a vehicle into the air and keep it there. With energy getting more expensive, and I am not just talking about fossil fuels here, fuel efficiency is going to be a real concern in the near future.

4. Practicality - Where is the cargo space? Can you fly it in high winds? Or heavy rain? How much space do you need to take off and land safely? Can you strap your kids into the back seat, or take it to the shops?

5. Safety and public perception - The big one. People really don't like to take risks now. Look at most car ads, they almost always mention some safety rating or other. A lot of people think new things are unsafe, and like it or not it is the uninformed majority that make most of our collective decisions. Try selling a computer controlled car to a bunch of people at the mall, hell even try explaining overclocking or water cooling to them. I bet a lot of them say that it is very dangerous, bound to go wrong, or just can't see the point.

So no, this is not going to become mainstream any time soon terrorists or not. It will continue to be a hobby for eccentric rich people, or available to rent out from adventure agencies, for a long time to come.

Pity, I rather liked the idea.
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Well, we know that smoke gets sucked through a fan. Visual aid fail. The only visual aid I want to see is the guy flying through the air.
    
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A civilian pilots licence is around £11k, and a comercial around £100k. It requres lots of training, Very strict safety tests, and air traffic control. Personal air vehicles will never be a reality not because they are not possible, but because of all the regulation around air travel, and there will only be more of it.

The laws in air travel are so tight that if you use some duct tape without a cirtificate, even if its identical to the tape you are supposed to use, you can get in serious trouble (maybe even loose your job), because they have to be able to trace everything that goes on that plane.

Its always struck me as silly, since in the sky, there would be less to crash in to because it is more spread about, there is no kerb, so you can move around obsticles more eailly than in a car, and you also have the benifit of going over/under them as well.
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