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Becoming The Jetsons

Flying automobiles have been dreamt of since Leonardo Da Vinci started painting, and were first popularized in the mid-1900’s by shows like ‘The Jetsons’.

The production of these vehicles is the next logical step in transportation, yet reaching that point is harder than you may think.

There are specific explanations for this delay in futuristic automobile production, and here are the reasons why we don’t have flying Deloreans in our garages.

Flying Cars don’t exist because Self-Driving cars don’t exist
Until reliable self-driving cars can be mass-produced, we will never see a legitimate flying car.

Of course, there are prototypes and concept flying vehicles that various companies and individuals have created to keep the public interested, but they aren’t functional.

Our best bet right now is Google, who is currently building a line of self-driving cars and testing them in Nevada. If these automobiles become street-legalized, then a giant leap in the direction of flying cars will have been taken.

Where will they fly
Nobody has answered that question, nor have those discussions taken place. Who will monitor traffic? The FAA or the local police? Will these flying vehicles be considered airplanes, or something else? A lot must first happen in the legal and legislative world before we can see the future become a reality.

The average person won’t be able to afford them
A well-crafted aircraft would need to cost somewhere in the 6-digit range, which is far out of the average consumer’s budget.

Advances in Alternative Energy have not been met
There are no feasible means to powering flying cars just yet. Gas is inefficient and ecologically harmful, thus more research is demanded, and bigger budgets must be allocated towards those discoveries.

Government regulations stand in the way
The red tape blocking innovative ideas has grown thicker in recent years. Before we can fly Deloreans to McDonald’s and back, all five of these points must be addressed. Still, we should remain ever hopeful.

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