Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying car!
Long thought to be the stuff of dreams, highways in the sky, dubbed ‘skyways’, are being mapped out in order to accommodate flying cars.
Seen as a solution to congested roads, flying cars are hardly a new concept; what is exciting is the announcement that a group of scientists are mapping potential routes that the cars or Personal Air and Land Vehicles (PAL-Vs) could take, indicating how serious the idea is being taken.
Developments in materials, which allow the production of light weight vehicles, along with a collaborative effort between engineering companies and universities, make the vision even more achievable. A team at the University of Liverpool are pooling their expertise into creating a GPS that would help deal with the issues of collisions. So even though potentially thousands of cars could take to the skies, it’s highly unlikely unless you have at least £150,000 spare for the car alone, and add on top of this the cost to become a pilot along with the fuel inefficiencies associated with the current cars available.
However efforts are being made worldwide to make this idea really take off; scientists in Switzerland have tested the ability of ten cars to fly at the same time and, in the USA, NASA is developing its own project and the New York Car Show has hosted a number of designs during this month’s show.