posted on Jul, 6 2005 @ 08:54 PM
And after decades of science-fiction stories, skycars will finally be there.
These will let us travel "when and where but especially how we wish", according to Mark Moore, personal air vehicle sector manager for NASA's
Vehicle Systems Program.
NASA's area of focus is a skycar (or personal air vehicle -- PAV) designed not for getting about the city, but for travelling at high speeds for
distances of between 160kms to 800kms. That would allow people to live in regional areas and commute into urban airfields for work.
Over the next decade Moore expects to see flying cars priced at less than US$100,000 using automated functionality based on NASA's EquiPT
(Easy-to-use, quiet Personal Transportation) technology set.
Moore says an obstacle to PAVs has been the intensity of training required to fly them, so automation is critical. The goal is to have the vehicle
controlled by a computerised brain that senses and responds to weather conditions or other crafts in the vicinity, and compensates for technical
failures. And did you know you could order a skycar today? Moller International, based in California, is developing the M400 Skycar and hopes it will
be certified by 2006. And you can purchase a 4-passenger Skycar today for a cool $995,000!
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[edit on 6-7-2005 by PetePendelton]