Flying cars have been a staple component in visions of the future for as long as cars have existed, and while none are yet available at your local dealership, efforts are under way to make them reality. If you’re of the more realistic sort, you likely view the prospect with a hint of pessimism: when a car stalls on the road, it merely blocks traffic — if it stalls in the sky, it will fall on your head. Elon Musk seems to fall into the latter group, pointing out the different issues that would result from them.
Musk recently spoke at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, and though he and his company Tesla are working hard to change the nature of the cars that are on the road, he isn’t keen on moving them to the sky. Aside from the issue of cars potentially falling on your head, he pointed out some other issues that could arise.
“I’m not sure about the flying cars. If the sky was full of cars flying all over the place, it would affect how things look. It would affect the skyline. And it would be noisier.” As always, he also concedes that there are potential upsides, including that you can get to places faster than you can with cars.
The solution to faster transportation isn’t flying in the sky, necessarily, but instead things like moving transportation to underground where it won’t have to battle with city infrastructure. Of course, there’s also the Hyperloop, which is Musk’s brainchild.
SOURCE: The Guardian