The future of flying cars is closer than they appear

Stratview Research | 2018-04-26

Flying Cars

In the last century, airplanes and mass-­produced cars have changed the way we live. Cars, which became affordable for the general population, have allowed us to move farther away from cities, and planes have cut travel time to faraway destinations considerably. At the beginning of a new century, we may see the realization of a century-old dream -- the merging of cars and planes into roadable aircraft, or flying cars. You've probably heard promises about flying cars before, and the technology to make them safe and easy to fly may finally be here.

Apart from the technology, also the worldwide loss of productive man hours due to increased road congestion has become a major cause of concern for everyone. Although improved digitization by courtesy of smartphones has strengthened the cause of ride hailing and car sharing services, they are still a long time away from being called an effective long term sustainable mobility solution. This has made innovative brains around the world to look to sky in a bid to fight this growing and long standing menace of what we call traffic.

As per the engineering and designing, a practical flying car would have to be capable of safely taking off, flying and landing throughout heavily populated urban environments. However, to date, no vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle has ever demonstrated such capabilities. To produce such an aircraft would require a propulsion system that is quiet, to avoid noise complaints, and has non-exposed rotors so it could be flown safely in urban environments. Additionally, for such aircraft to become airborne, they would require very powerful engines which would create huge and concentrated downdrafts, a bad idea in an urban environment. Many types of aircraft technologies and form factors have been suggested, such as ducted-fan and tiltrotor vehicles, but most previous designs have suffered from problems; ducted-fan aircraft tend to easily lose stability and have difficulty traveling greater than 30–40 knots while tiltrotors, such as the V-22 Osprey, are generally noisy.

US and Europe is characterized by a number of inhabitants belonging to the category of early technology adopters and richest individuals on this planet. The light aircraft market is heavily concentrated in US and Europe, making up for close to 60% of the global market. Although the share of Asia has been growing of late along with Latin America, its nowhere close to that of these matured economies. This is one of the major reasons why flying car and flying taxi manufacturers are targeting this region.

We firmly believe the newer and interesting concepts of mobility like flying car and flying taxi can bring about a revolution. Yes, there is no denying about the fact that there are a lot of hurdles which needs to be overcome to make them a reality but let`s not forget that once even cars were a novelty for rich and look where they are now. It`s all just a matter of time and persistence in efforts.

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