Is it a Car or a Plane?

As I was getting ready for work the other day, I heard a radio report that caught my attention: flying cars might become a reality in our lifetime. Yes, you read this correctly, the federal government is seriously considering several proposals to design a transportation vehicle capable of driving and flying. These flying vehicles have moved beyond the realm of science fiction. These unique vehicles could very well be produced during this new decade.

As I mentioned in one of my blog entries last summer, I’ve always been fascinated by the cartoon series, the Jetsons. When it first came out in the 1960s, the technological gadgets used in the Jetsons’ household seemed well ahead of their time. I had noted that of all the contraptions portrayed in the animated series, the only one that still was not widely used in the 21st century was the flying car. Obviously, technology could change everything in the near future.

While the federal government seems to be considering the military applications of this new transportation vehicle, I imagine that commercial applications will be considered as well. I guess it might be pricey in the beginning years, but it would be truly a step in the right direction to have a new vehicle that was completely green with zero emissions, great mileage, that could both fly and drive in the nation’s roadways. Now, I cringe at the thought of having to teach my youngest how to drive/fly this new vehicle. Yikes! She’s only eight now. Who knows what type of car she’ll be able to drive when she’s sixteen….that’s only eight years away.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and chairs EPA’s Multilingual Communications Task Force. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.