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The good news is that this will hardly ever (maybe in a very distant future) become a reality because (as a pilot) people don't just get to fly around without meeting medical requirements, training and obtaining a license. When you deal with flying, all of a sudden weather, winds and airspaces (lots of regulations) become a factor so the learning curve compared to driving a car is exponential. Also maintenance has to be performed more often than a car (expensive), a minor problem when you fly isn't as simple as pulling over, you fall and you may crash. The closest you can get is a sport pilot license that will let you fly very small lightweight planes and that's as close as it'll get to flying cars.

Also think about cold weather flying, the rust that will build up from living in a coastal~semi-coastal area, and how often private pilots have to check their aircraft.
a pre-flight walkaround check is done (or supposed to be) before every single flight in the private world. Pilots would have to learn more about this proprietary design if they want to avoid paying some mechanic to look at their craft everytime they turn it on. Adding in all of this extra maintenance and care wouldn't end up saving you any more time than if you just drove. Also, take a look at the tiny road-wheels on this thing. Imagine driving down the pothole-filled roads in Houston? It would be like a hard-tail bike, barely any cushion at all. This design is just not ready for mainstream use, and mainstream people are not ready for this.

If any inclement weather was around and this thing prevented you from flying, then you are sol.
wasted 200k on something that's useless in an emergency.
Good luck bringing enough supplies for hurricane season in that tiny cabin.
As this tech has been for decades now and will continue for some time, only the insanely rich will get/use them.
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I can't imagine flying that thing auto-piloting in any type of weather. And how would you deem a landing zone "safe" if you can't see over the needle nose?
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As an US Air Force Vet, there is nothing, and I mean Nothing stable about that artists rendering. Whenever we see these tight to the body wing contraptions, I just cringe. This is the epitomy of a Death-Trap.

There's a reason proven flying airplane wings, have wing span, as well as helicopter blades being the length they are. rolleyes.gif
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CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 75

"OMG, This stupid car keeps saying "terrain, terrain". Like, I don't even know what terrain is, ermagerd".
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No traffic jams, no speed limits, no getting stuck behind an 80 year-old on a single-lane road. That right there is worth the risk of death for me biggrin.gif

Haha....I couldn't agree more. thumb.gif I'd risk life and limb for a quick commute.
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I started watching the video and turned it off after a phrase to the effect of "a vehicle that flies for you"
I will never own a vehicle that operates itself..
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I don't see this technology going any where because you will need permission from the FAA to take off from your front yard. That will never happen.
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I clicked the Transition link first and was like, it's a plane with foldable wings -.-;

Glad that wasn't what the story was about. Here is the video you're likely looking for, since it takes multiple clicks to find:

Considering its all renders id be scared to actually test that thing out. Look at where the propellers are.. on either side of the pilot.. Looks like a deathtrap if you ask me.
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The thing that I don't like about it is that it's practically fully automated. I hate automatic transmissions, let alone a full car/plane.


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Looks like a ghetto version of the Delta Flyer.





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