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ABOUT FLYING CARS Flying car is a personal vehicle that is capable of door-to-door aerial transport conceptually without the need of special take-off and landing as is required in an aircraft while also providing the comfort of a road able car. Though the concept seems to be a workable one but bringing it on the commercial front has been very challenging task and a surprising number of companies have been working to bring up an acceptable model.

HISTORY  In 1926, Henry Ford displayed an experimental single-seat aeroplane that he called the "sky flivver". The project was abandoned two years later when a distance-record attempt flight crashed, killing the pilot.  In 1940, Henry Ford famously predicted: "Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”  In 1956, Ford's Advanced Design studio built the Volante Tri-Athodyne, a 3/8 scale concept car model. It was designed to have three ducted fans, each with their own motor, that would lift it off the ground and move it through the air.

ENGINEERING  A practical flying car would have to be capable of safely taking off, flying and landing throughout heavily populated urban environments.  To produce such an aircraft would require a propulsion system that is quiet, to avoid noise complaints, and has non-exposed rotors so it could be flown safely in urban environments.  Many types of aircraft technologies and form factors have been suggested, such as ducted-fan and tilt rotor vehicles.

Economics  Due to the requirement of propulsion that is both small and powerful, the cost of producing a flying car would be very high and estimated by some as much as 10 million dollars.  the flying car's energy efficiency would be much lower compared to conventional cars and other aircraft.  while flying cars would be used for shorter distances, at higher frequency, lower speeds and lower altitude.  both environmental and economic reasons, flying cars would be an enormous use of resources.

SAFETY  Although statistically commercial flying is much safer than driving, unlike commercial planes, personal flying cars might not have as many safety checks and their pilots would not be as well trained.  Humans already have problems with the aspect of driving in two dimensions. this problem might be solved via the sole use of self-flying and self-driving cars.  this problem might be solved via the sole use of self-flying and selfdriving cars.  In addition, poor weather conditions, such as low air density, lightning storms and heavy rain, snow or fog could be challenging and affect the aircraft's aerodynamics.

POPULAR CULTURE  The flying car was and remains a common feature of conceptions of the future, including imagined near futures such as those of the 21st century. Complaints of the non-existence of flying cars have become nearly idiomatic as expressions of disappointment in the failure of the present to measure up to the glory of past predictions.[  Aired on January 8, 1998, Seinfeld's 167th episode, "The Dealership", featured George and Jerry complaining about the non-existence of the flying cars. Jerry says, "It's like we're living in the '50s here.“  A 2001 IBM television commercial featured Avery Brooks complaining, "It is the year 2000, but where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars. I don’t see any flying cars. Why? Why? Why?

FICTION The flying car has been depicted in many works of fantasy and science fiction Live action films  Star Wars (1977–present)  Blade Runner (1982)  Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II (1985/1989)  The Fifth Element (1997)

Companies Working On Flying Cars  Terrafugia  Aeromobil  PALV  Zee.Aero:


Flying cars history, safety ,and companies  

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