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Is it a Car or a Plane?

2010 January 14

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.

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. Alexandr permalink
    January 14, 2010

    It is interesting, but I wanted to make it 10 years ago. Wanted to create the company air a taxi, small aircraft, economically small and efficiency for 100 percent.

  2. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    January 15, 2010

    It would be nice to have flying cars but before we have them we need to create ways to make sure the car won’t start if the driver has been drinking and to make sure a driver can’t talk or text on a cell phone while the car is moving. We need to implement a Complete Streets Program that has embedded in the new roads the best safety technology that is available. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  3. Lina-EPA permalink*
    January 15, 2010

    Michael,
    As always, very good points!!!!1

  4. nick permalink
    January 15, 2010

    horrible idea
    who wants cars falling from the sky?

  5. Al Bannet permalink
    January 16, 2010

    I see the relentless instinct for growth continues to dominate human activity. More high technology without any plan to ease the horrendous traffic problems flying cars would impose on an already overcrowded society. Yet, “a growing economy is a healthy economy” say the commercial pundits. But a growing economy on a shrinking planet has no future. The Earth becomes more toxic every day that growing tons of waste and garbage are not safely recycled. So, the flying cars will soar over a polluted vista of sprawling megalopolies surrounded by mountains of landfill. But that’s unthinkable, so EPA staff simply doesn’t, preferring to dream of a “Jetson” future of high tech paradise.

  6. danny permalink
    March 26, 2010

    i have discovered theory of free flight need assistance to get gov approval and appraisal.flight in cars or carts[air] my well be here soon.

  7. Will permalink
    April 21, 2010

    Well, I think that even in the future that flying will continue to be even safer than driving.

  8. Will permalink
    April 21, 2010

    Well, I think that even in the future that flying will continue to be even safer than driving.

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