With futuristic technologies like autonomous driving gaining traction in the auto world, we can't help but wonder - will flying cars ever take off? According to auto experts, the future of arial autos is definitely looking up. Our own experts at Caliber have taken a look under the hood to bring you some industry insider info, as well as our thoughts on just how long it will be before we can trade our wheels for wings. Buckle in as we shed some light on the industry's future and blast off the pages of science fiction and into reality.
DEFYING MORE THAN GRAVITY
While the prospect of taking your daily commute skyward seems simple at a glance, there are a handful of hurdles the industry has to leap before that dream becomes a reality. Sure there's the whole "gravity" thing, but logistical issues actually bear the brunt of what's keeping flying cars grounded. Integrating and regulating these vehicles in the public airspace - as well as developing the technology and infrastructure to do so - currently poses the most significant problem. Luckily, a few big names (NASA and Intel, to name a few) are working on country-wide and global implementation systems that could put flying cars on the radar for both manufacturers and drivers in the near future.
AUTOMAKERS ON THE UP-AND-UP
Despite the odds, several forward-thinking automakers have been hard at work behind the scenes, and are finally almost ready to spread their wings. Just earlier this year, Dutch firm PAL-V revealed its final production model and is now taking pre-orders for what's being called the "first flying car," set to release as early as 2019. With a top speed of 100 mph on the road, 112 in the air and a maximum altitude at 11,000 ft, this two-person vehicle certainly doesn't sacrifice much for the sake of innovation. However, at a hefty $621,500, it won't make it's way to the general public any time soon. What it does do is provide solutions to some of the lesser-known problems drivers will face, such as providing flying lessons for a pilot's license and requiring drivers to own a small landing strip to accommodate landings and takeoffs. Even though it's not quite available to the general public, considering this is the first of it's kind, the PAL-V is a promising start in our race to the clouds.
UBER SOARS AHEAD
Providing an alternative to commercial flying vehicles, rideshare giant Uber is looking to take its services to the skies starting as soon as 2023. Unlike Uber's standard experience, Uber Elevate users would use the app to enter their destination and catch a ride at their nearest skyport. This would also likely be a totally shared experience, primarily to ensure the program's cost would be affordable to commuters who don't have a spare half-million dollars laying around for their own personal craft. These vehicles will be helicopter/airplane hybrids with fixed wings for gliding and multiple rotors for added safety as well as vertical takeoff - perfect for hopping from one rooftop to another in traffic-heavy cities such as Los Angeles. While Uber still faces our above-mentioned logistical and widespread integration problems, we're revved up to finally see real progress being made for flying cars in both commercial and big tech industries.
We've got high hopes for the future of flying cars, especially after seeing these significant steps being taken to make that dream a reality. While our heads may be in the clouds when it comes to new technology, we're just as focused on what's out on the road right now - namely, our customers. If you happen to get a little too much air on your drive our collision repair experts are always ready to go above and beyond, especially when it comes to restoring the rhythm of your life.