A pair of GE scientists hosted an “Ask a Scientist Anything” forum on Reddit.
We’ll keep this brief since there’s really only one thing we need to know.
Q: Flying car, is when?
GE: We had the choice between making flying cars or giant wind turbines. Seemed like doing both would be a bad idea.
Seriously, though: the qualities of a great car don’t necessarily make for a great plane, and vice versa. Two major challenges: adding flying capability will make the car way too expensive. And the FAA gets control over your car. As a pilot myself, you don’t want that (nor does the FAA). Airspace is already super-congested; imagine what the air-traffic maps would look like.
Wrong answer, GE scientists. Stop talking and get back to your lab.
Give us our flying cars.
The Terrafugia guys need to advertise more, they have been making a working prototype flying car for a few years now:
These guys need to advertise more, Terrafugia have a working prototype or two for a few years now: