Forget ho-hum driverless or self-driving cars (SDC); they will soon be everywhere and provide nothing more than convenience sandwiched with a heavy dose of anxiety. Engineers will do what engineers do, that is, sometimes fail. And more often than not the shortcomings of engineers will be traceable directly to “suits” who don’t understand technology and blindly cut corners to improve bottom lines. Simultaneously, crazy humans will play games hacking autonomous vehicles, giving a whole new meaning to “joy rides,” resulting in horrific accidents, injuries, and lawsuits.
Enter the Flying Car
Flying cars will have accidents and injuries too but will provide the thrilling experience of popping up to see commanding views of cityscapes, the good green earth, and more. The aesthetic and spiritual benefits of flying cars will make them the vehicle of choice for those who can afford them.
If similar high-tech ventures in the past are any guide, driverless automobiles and flying cars will likely share technology making the development of the two industries better, quicker, and safer.
IndustryTap has covered the FAA’s approval of testing for Terrafugia’s TF-X flying car,”sky commuting,” AeroMobil’s Flying Car scheduled for launch in 2017, industry pioneer PAL-V, legal hurdles flying car companies are dealing with, and more.
Larry Page, Zee.Aero & Kitty Hawk
Now one of the world’s handful of super titans, Google co-founder Larry Page, has invested more than $100 million in two California-based companies, Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk, beginning back in 2010. According to reports, these investments are not affiliated with Alphabet or Google but are private and secretive investments by Page.
The two companies are working on separate technologies, but the general theme is developing electric technologies capable of ferrying human occupants and supplies over short, medium, and long distances.
The following video provides details about the two secretive companies.