Do we really want a flying car?
As Renault unveils its flying drone car, I find myself asking: should this really be the future of transport?
According to Renault, the AIR4 is a car that "claims the air as the new road of the future" and "is a symbol of independence and freedom, born out of the realisation that traffic is compounding, lives are grinding to a halt, and the world above us is unhampered".
While the association of a flying car with freedom from traffic will certainly appeal to a Green Party member who likes to play Cyberpunk 2077 a lot, I'm not fully confident that this is the transport of the future.
Firstly, there's the matter of public opinion, something the Duke of Venice in 'Othello' calls "a sovereign mistress of effects". A study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute concluded that out of the 508 people surveyed, 62.8% were "very concerned" about the overall safety of flying cars.
I have to point out however that the amount of respondents in the survey is pretty low when compared to other surveys, meaning that the data is not fully diverse and therefore not fully reliable.
Secondly, there's the matter of whether flying cars are really necessary. It's not like every single road around the world is being cramped up with cars - unless you live in an area where there are regular complaints about Insulate Britain.
I am however an open-minded person, so if the AIR4 proves itself to be functional as a mode of transport, then I will consider changing my mind about flying cars.