In reality, the future of independent automobiles (even flying ones) isn't so bright. Currently, in light of the oil situation, auto manufacturers
are attempting to re-design the idea of automobiles to begin with. Electric engines require lighter-weight materials. Lighter-weight materials require
smaller frames. This leads to faster speeds. Faster speeds require greater driver interfaces...
Basicaly, we (especialy Americans) have to change our own veiws about automobiles and say goodbye to huge trucks and the soccer-mom fad of SUVs in
order to create faster, cleaner running, energy efficient autos for personal use.
In fact, if we're smart, better mass transit systems will be created. Systems that are based somewhat off the technology of this hovercar. I do not
foresee, either in the near or far future, personal flying cars being sold on a mass level to the average consumer for four reasons:
1: Traffic sucks, its going to continue to suck. Now imagine hundreds of "sky-ragers" passing your line of traffic to the side, top and bottom of
you. Driver-controlled skycars would require complicated hovering traffic lanes and signals on multiple levels...far too costly and complicated, plus
those who stray outside the confines of those markers could effect catostophic results.
2: Skycars would seriously endanger restricted airspaces. Instead of hundreds of planes to lookout for, you have millions of skycars. The goverment,
especialy the military, prolly wouldn't like this.
3: As I stated before, people can't friggin drive on a 2-D plane, so you can forget about a 3-D one. Can you imagine the training you would have to
go through to get a driver's license? Now imagine student drivers! This problem alone would effectively reserve skycars and skycar DLs to the very
well to do only.
4: Auto accidents pretty much kill more people in the U.S. on a daily basis than anything else. Again, skycars would increase this problem. High speed
chases would be terrifyingly dangerous. Stopping an automobile or having an engine failure would not kill the pilots and passengers, but kill, injure,
or destory and people, autos, or property that is below it.
Sure, you might
be able to decrease the amount of logical problems with skycars by having them all computer controlled. But not having a pilot
operated manual driver system on board would not only be equally catastophic at times, but would negate the point of having a car to begin with.
Face it, especially in the U.S., the car means freedom. When your sixteen you get freedom with your DL, kind of like getting fries with a burger.
People like to drive, like to be at the wheel. Skycars are vastly more impractical (both safety wise and energy wise) than ground based autos. Skycars
would be mostly used anyway by the military, law enforcement, mass transit, or the rich. Hell, listen to (or check out the lyrics to) Rush's
song "Red Barchetta"
, or read "On the Road"
by Jack Kerouak and you'll see what I mean about cars and freedom. And if ot that, try
buying a brand new car next week and sit only in the passenger seat for 3 months while someone else drives it. You'll get the picture pretty quick.
Besides, you can't put rims on a skycar Escallade!
Look at them rims! They'z spinnin! They'z spinnin!