Flying cars? Aeromobiles? What for?
A flying car is just a small airplane you can drive and park anywhere.
For travelling a few hundred kilometres away, a flying car is often faster and more flexible than cars, trains and commercial airplanes.
Let’s say you want to travel from Amsterdam to London (flying distance = 350 km ; driving distance = 530 km):
- By car, you’ll need at least 6 hours.
- By train, you’ll need at least 5 hours.
- By commercial airplane, you’ll need at least 4 hours (booking your ticket + getting to the airport + security checks + boarding + flying time + getting to your final destination).
- By flying car, you’ll need only 3 hours (driving to an airfield with your flying car [45 min] + flying time [1h30min] + driving to your final destination with your flying car [45min]). Moreover, you can do it anytime you like (you don’t need to book a ticket) and you don't need a rental car at your destination.
Impact of flying cars on infrastructure investments?
Flying cars in the air can be twice as fast as cars on motorways and three times as fast as cars on standard roads.
Unlike cars, flying cars do not require heavy infrastructure to be operated.
There are five million (5.000.000) kilometres of paved roads in Europe including sixty five thousand (65.000) kilometres of motorways.
Over ten thousand (10.000) kilometres of motorways ought to be build in Europe in the next decades. This will cost over 5 billion Euro and will require over twenty million (20.000.000) tonnes of asphalt.
Decision makers will realize that generalization of individual air mobility is more sustainable than construction/maintenance of millions of kilometres of paved roads and motorways.
Impact of flying cars on the technology race?
Developing a flying car industry and supporting the creation of a flying car mass market will channel significant financial resources into strategic technologies (aeronautics, airborne systems, control systems, ...).
Flying cars vs. Globalization?
Nowadays, globalization is often associated with global threats: global warming, global financial crisis, global epidemics, global surveillance, global war.
In this context, it is not an easy task to find supporters of global mobility with flying cars.
However, "global economy" is not sustainable without "global democracy".
Is "global democracy" achievable without "global mobility"?
Geopolitical impact of flying cars?
Flying cars will contribute to continental integration in the same way cars have contributed to national integration.