Flying “Cars” were silly – until now

The reason we don’t yet have the flying cars imagined by early 20th century “futurists” is not because of mechanical infeasibility (though the energy cost may be substantial) so much as because of the problem of traffic control. Accident avoidance in crowded airspace is beyond the capacity of either expert pilots or centralized traffic controllers, and any vision of replacing cars with flying vehicles had to fail if it depended on human controllers. And it is only now that automated control based on full 3d “vision” in all directions  is becoming feasible. But I don’t agree with Uber’s new hire that “There will be an evolution from professional human pilots to autonomy over time” because I don’t think that human piloted flying cars should ever be allowed off the ground. Source: Uber brings in NASA engineer to build flying cars

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