Flying Cars: Are We Ready for Them?

RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law

The Jetsons sparked our imagination with the innovative con­cept of flying cars more than 50 years ago, but are they now poised to become a reality? Entrepreneurs, start-ups, manufacturers, and transportation companies all over the world are envisioning and moving toward an aviation realm where we will have various types of “vehicles” that can transform into aircraft. In the United States, what is envisioned are sky taxis that will connect with ground trans­portation systems; infrastructure to support them; and integration into our national airspace. However, somewhat similar to what has transpired with respect to Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UAS” aka “drones”), there are several roadblocks to overcome before this can become reality.

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“Flying Cars: Are We Ready for Them?” by Elaine D. Solomon was published in the January–February 2020 edition of RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law (Vol. 3, No. 1), a Fastcase, Inc. publication. Reprinted with permission.