The Jetsons era might be here sooner than we thought. Last week, Silicon Valley company Kitty Hawk began testing a flying car prototype over a lake in Northern California.
The New York Times reported that the “… flying car … looked like something Luke Skywalker would have built out of spare parts. It was an open-seated, 220-pound contraption with room for one person, powered by eight battery-powered propellers that howled as loudly as a speedboat.”
Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google founder Larry Page, isn’t the only company working to make the flying car dream a reality. Uber, aerospace firm Airbus, the government of Dubai, and others are all currently working on concepts.
Admittedly, the idea of jumping into a flying car and taking off down the “street” is REALLY cool. Even Mr. Page said in a statement: “We’ve all had dreams of flying effortlessly. I’m excited that one day very soon I’ll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer for a quick and easy personal flight.” And “very soon” might truly be VERY soon: Kitty Hawk plans to start selling the flying vehicle by the end of the year.
Surely, flying cars won’t be joining non-flying cars on the roads THAT soon, but this concept brings up new issues around distracted “driving.” How will flying cars contribute to the distracted driving epidemic in our country? Will they cut it down, or will distracted flying be the next major issue? When new driving technology of this caliber emerges, what can we do to get in front of its release to prevent auto accidents before they happen?
Unlike the self-driving car technology, which some people surveyed think will aid in eliminating distracted driving, flying cars will still be handled by a human being — imagine the added dangers of texting and flying. Along with a whole new air traffic control system, the U.S. will no doubt need to impose some strict distracted driving laws before drivers can take to the [sky] roads.
About John Bair
John Bair has guided thousands of plaintiffs through the settlement process as founder of Milestone Consulting, LLC, a broad-based settlement planning and management firm. Milestone’s approach is comprehensive and future-focused. John’s team has guided thousands of clients by taking the time to understand the complexities of each case. They assess the best outcome and find the path that enables each client to manage their many needs. Read more about Milestone Consulting at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).