'What if?' is a series of articles that I have started writing on DriveTribe that discusses bizarre concepts and what it would be like if they were real. None of these topics are meant to be taken seriously, they are just fun to discuss. Today's topic is all about flying cars, and what life would be like with them.
Flying cars: A discussion about the future.
In the header image that you see above, you are greeted with the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept - a car... Wait, no. A plane... No, that's not it either. A helicopter? Nope. I don't know what it is, so we are going to call it a 'flying vehicle'. Although, it does look like something from Star Wars!
Jokes aside, what would life be like if flying vehicles - such as the Aston Martin - were normal? By this, I mean that the majority of people now own a flying car, roadcars are slowly dying out and we are all zooming across the sky in these electric flying machines. Would there be any problems?
How about a more in-depth look? Image: Aston Martin Media Site. (Same website as poll.)
There would be a lot of problems. Here's why:
The most obvious problem when it comes to large quantities of flying vehicles in the sky is the absolute chaos that would come from it. With roads and cars, we have produced a system where everyone has to follow one direction and can only change if they take a slip-road that leads elsewhere. Everything is connected to each other, and the worst path you can find yourself in when driving is on a country road or off-road somewhere.
Cities are filled to the brim with cars of all different shapes and sizes. If we were to decide one day that cars were going to be replaced with flying vehicles, almost nobody would purchase one. It would start out as a project that wealthy business-people use as their daily commute after getting out of the shower and drying their hair with £50 notes; and it would stay like this for a very long time. The rest of the population will continue driving in their cars happily.
Then - in the distant future - a brand will come along and sell the flying vehicle for a consumer friendly price; setting off a trend where people will start buying 'budget' flying vehicles instead. Manufacturers will compete to bring these vehicles to you at the lowest price, and we will have fallen into the exact same trap we did when cars came around.
Would you want to ride in one of these, or would you stick with the car? Image: Aston Martin Media Site.
The number of issues that we would face would be huge. For instance, if every single person on this planet that owns a car were to replace it with a flying car; the amount of waste would be astronomically high. Furthermore, the amount of energy required to recycle these materials would also be enough to set the planet on fire. The money involved would also require unthinkable numbers.
With the environmental issues out of the way; we now need to discuss the safety issues. Everybody would need to have a license to fly, everybody would be at a much higher risk of falling out of the sky. Accidents would be more frequent with people flying in different directions, and it is just not convenient.
I, personally, cannot see flying cars being a thing. While the technology is certainly possible; the complications involved in making traffic flow properly, as well as keeping the passengers safe is just too much of a risk.
That isn't to say I dislike the idea, though.
Flying cars could completely change the way airlines operate! Image: Serena Wong on Unsplash.
The good things
There are a number of good things that would come with a switch to flying technology. Not only would it greatly reduce travel times, but it means that us (as consumers) don't need to rely on billion-pound airline companies to get to our nearby countries - obviously depending upon the range of these vehicles.
Another positive to switching is the ability to preserve nature. Roads won't need to be built at all, and some may even be removed. Yes, that would be a massive project, but air transport would take us away from the ground. We wouldn't be relying as much on fuel and other harmful substances that damage the environment as the vehicles are electric.
Finally, switching to the new mode of transport is beneficial in terms of technology. Technology will have reached the point where humans are in tune with the devices we create, therefore the technology will likely be perfected to the point where they may even fly for us. But I think I may be getting ahead of myself a bit...
What do you think of flying cars? Let me know in the below poll and the comments below!
While I don't think that flying cars are the answer to all of our problems, it would be incredibly cool to have. Even though the Aston Martin Volante Vision Concept is one stunning piece of kit, I think I'll stick to my Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - but thanks for the offer...
At the end of the day, whatever happens in terms of technology and the future of transport, nothing will ever be able to erase what cars have done for us as humans - they have completely changed the way we travel, and have produced some of the most thrilling sports on the planet!
Let me know your thoughts on the topic in the comments below.
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