Ever played NFS? Well, for starters, imagine that experience in air keeping in mind the fact that you won’t be alone there, exactly like you aren’t alone on the road. Imagine the idea of overtaking other flying cars midair as compared to overtaking while riding the cars on road where most of the people still overtake other vehicles without weighing the need to overhaul. God forbid, if there is a crash, imagine the aftermath of the accident and what it will do to the people in vehicle as well as where it will land.
Kindly, do not steer away from the page just yet as we bring forward the history and contradictions related to both the positive as well as negative aspects related to flying cars.
Who must have thought about the fact that the idea of a flying machine introduced by Wright Brothers in 1903 will revolutionize in 21st century with invention of flying cars, electric cars, electric & supersonic airplanes, passenger drones, autonomous cars or vertical take-off & landing (also known as VTOL) technology)? We are not exaggerating when we say, ‘It’s an Era of Evolution of the Transportation’.
There is a boom in automobile industry with the rise in middle class population and their need to commute with ease on daily basis. According to The International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (also known as OICA), there is an estimated sale of around 70,849,466 light vehicles (LV) in the year 2017 as compared to 50,831,223 in 2007. Whereas the on-road vehicles are still booming, we are now in midst of a more advanced automobile mayhem that will need secondary set of rules and infrastructure for this ‘yet to come in practice’ innovation.
The more we step into the future, the more we witness the advancement in technologies in numerous fields which are designed to ease the human effort along with a higher price. There are a large number of invented as well as ongoing advancements and innovations going on all across the world in the automotive industry. One such recent revolution is the arrival of autonomous cars, also known as ‘being driven’ or ‘self-driving cars’ which evaluates a situation almost 10 times a second (depending upon the manufacturing firm)as compared to a human brain. OICA categorized the autonomous cars into five levels; ‘hands-on’ under driver supervision, ‘hands-on’ or ‘hands-off’ automated driving under driver supervision and ‘eyes-off’, ‘mind-off’, ‘driverless’ automated driving in defined situations without driver supervision.
It does most of the driving itself while the driver can rest and do other activities. All you have to do is, tell the car where you want to go and it will take you there while giving you a less dead-beat journey making you feel like you haven’t actually travelled that long of a distance. With OICA’s statistics, globally, almost 25% of new cars have adaptive cruise control and more than 20% of the cars have side object or blind spot detection along with other similar features. According to another survey conducted by Research Nester, the autonomous car market is anticipated to reach USD 127.01 Billion by the year 2027.
The speed of the autonomous cars is based on the traffic, road signals and map and can change the lane or even stop at road tolls with the help of its smart and intelligent features which also avoid the possibility of accidents. While it drives you all by itself, you can savor that time by playing games, reading, watching a movie or simply by enjoying the scenario outside as if you are sitting in a bus or train, just that it will be more comfortable, at your ease and enjoyable as compared to any of those time consuming rides. With all these benefits, we might tend to ignore the consequences incase a glitch occurs in that technology or what it might do to our human brain in case we have to drive our motor car again by ourselves. We might get anxious with the traffic problems or the way people drive around us or the time it will take us to drive to reach our destination combined with all of the relevant problems. Easier said than done, eh?
In an era of transportation advancement, we might see less usage of roads with ideas turning into reality when it comes to flying cars, flying taxis or passenger drones. While almost all of these creations have gone through hundreds of test flights, what might have been ignored is the physics of human brain. While a lot of us get anxious while driving on roads with bottleneck traffic and rash drivers, there are still many among us that go through anxiety while flying. Imagine population like that hundreds or thousands of feet above our heads when we can hardly deal with the ones on roads. It doesn’t just end with that, imagine the difference when we have to compare the economics, flight training, engineering mindset and physical health required to manage the flying, deteriorating weather conditions, insurance and all that ease of stopping, refueling and parking among numerous other possibilities that are easily available while driving on road.
We wonder if the flying cars can knock down the inability among people to drive cars on road with respect to driving standards and make it a worthwhile experience while reducing the number of accidents.
All we can really do, is imagine and wait for the innovations in technology to do the wonders and see for ourselves if this is a fantasy come true or a fantasy gone wrong?!