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September 22, 2021

Flying cars could be commercially available in 2024, but regulations for managing the new form of air traffic will be a concern, according to the chief executive officer of a tech company. Hugh Martin of Lacuna Technologies, which helps cities create transportation policies, said there’s a difference between when cars can fly and when they will be safe and reliable for navigating the skies. “Depending on who you talk to, I think [2024] could be a time period,” 

A number of auto companies have been developing aerial vehicles. They include Chinese electric car maker Xpeng and Fiat Chrysler. Some people will be able to afford flying cars, but most will likely still travel on the road in electric vehicles or self-driving cars, he pointed out. Vehicles that don’t have to lift off the ground can be safer and are able to carry more people, he said.

Cities are getting “increasingly concerned” about how to manage traffic for flying cars in the future, Martin added. Rules could include where the vehicles will be allowed to take off, land, or travel, whether they can fly at any time or only during allocated hours, and how far apart the cars must be from each other. “That’s going to take a long time to get figured out,” he said.

In the U.S., he said the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA are working with the drone and air taxi providers to consider what air traffic will look like in the future.“Instead of having one airport per major city, you’ve … now got thousands of airports scattered around the city,” he added.

Analyst View
The implementation and deployment of flying cars will mark another watershed in the technology of how smart human beings can travel and another digital revolution to automobile engineering. This represents an extension and intensification of the dreams of the Wright Brothers and Henry Ford. Much more still need to be done for humans to transit from gasoline to electric cars, drone technology to making man take-off into the sky in an automobile, and the accompanying regulations.

Source: CNBC