A plane you can drive. Ultimate Freedom. Cardesign Community. Car Body Design. Why Don't We Have Flying Cars? The image of George Jetson and family zipping about town is at once nostalgic and frustrating.
Like George, most of us push buttons for a living. But so far, few of us commute in a flying car. But, in a 2010 interview, physicist and science-fiction writer Gregory Benford summed up the problem with these designs: "It turns out that if you optimize the performance of a car and of an airplane, they are very far away in terms of mechanical features. So you can make a flying car. But they are not very good planes, and they are not very good cars. " Indeed, PM has rounded up the various contenders out there, many of which had creators who marketed them as the flying car we've all been waiting for. When people ask for flying cars, they don't want planes that can drive on the ground.
"One day, if we have room temperature superconductors, then our cars would float on a cushion of magnetism," theoretical physicist Michio Kaku said in an interview with PC Mag. I Draw Cars.