Flying Cars in 2017: Experts Express Their Concerns About Flying Vehicles

By Jacques Strauss, | June 15, 2017

Dubai's flying taxi is set to be operational next month.

Dubai's flying taxi is set to be operational next month.

The thought of having flying cars to drive us where we want is greatly astounding. However, despite the hype of reducing traffic and freeing commuters from stress, some experts are a bit doubtful of such goal.

With flying vehicles almost at a grasp, most futurist believes that the future is here. However, in contrast to the idea of comfort and convenience, some skeptics are pointing out the potential issues of these new type of land-air transport.

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VP of research at Lux Research, Mark Bunger, stated that there is still no credible analyses on the systemic impact of the said vehicle to the traffic and environment. He then added that more people would be flying so much more because of such technology, which will not likely create a significant impact on anything.

A highly regarded authority on transportation, Professor Glenn Lyons of the University of the West of England, also commented about the feasibility of flying taxis. The expert believed that self-driving cars on roads are challenging enough, especially when most people tend to forget "the vast new challenges associated with this new and still largely theoretical form of transportation."

Another tech enthusiasts and entrepreneur, Elon Musk, also remarked that drone-lie cars could make our life a lot more stressful. He believes that "anxiety level will not decrease as a result of things that weigh a lot buzzing around your head."

Seeing that, these experts somehow suggest that smart planning and policies should be highly considered when it comes to flying cars. Both consumers and authorities should not simply focus on the hype surrounding such futuristic contraption.

Meanwhile, despite the doubts and fears being expressed by some experts concerning these flying cars, Dubai is set to operate its first flying taxi in July. The said vehicle can carry one passenger weighing up to 100 kg. Passengers would only have to select the destination on a touch screen, and the drone will take care of the rest.

Watch here below Dubai's flying taxi:


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