Flying Cars: A Future Flying Disruption?
Flying cars are fairly new to this world, the first one flown in 2009. What is classified as a flying car, exactly? A flying car (more formally known as eVTOLs — for electric vertical takeoff and landing) is the electric scooters of aviation (Harris). Some consider it as a major technological innovation that has significant positive and negative consequences for the near future.
Although there are not many positive consequences as a result of flying cars, there are still a good amount of positive consequences. For example, flying cars can practically take people anywhere in the world, making transportation much easier for anyone who would have a flying car. Also, flying cars are generally quieter than helicopters and airplanes.
Along with the positive consequences, comes the negative consequences. Flying cars are not cheap, (right now, it is priced at around $100,000-$200,000), and the cost of refueling is also very expensive and very hard to find (Schmitz). Also, according to an article from Cars.com, the appropriate number of hours of flight training required to get one’s license is 20, which may seem like a good thing at first, but this encourages several “dangerous” drivers (Schmitz). They may end up making irrational decisions while in the air and on the roads without proper training (Jana).
Flying cars will impact global society as we know it because several accomodations have to be made in order for flying cars to be put in place. For example, the government would have to invest in implementing traffic control systems, not only on the roads, but in the air as well (Jana). Traffic will become much worse for the global society, and regulation of traffic will also become harder. If someone wanted to get to work, it would probably take them double the time to get there. If global society would end up depending on flying cars like it does with cars, then there would definitely be more driving schools designed for flying cars, and the economy could change in a positive direction as well (Lee). Overall these are both sides of the argument of flying vehicles.
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Schmitz, Matt. “Flying Cars: 8 Ground Rules Americans Agree On | News from Cars.com.” Cars.com, 19 Apr. 2017, www.cars.com/articles/flying-cars-8-ground-rules-americans-agree-on-1420695152586/.