Flying Cars - Yes, they will be a thing

Here’s how they’ll work:

The future of vehicles will be modular. Your passenger compartment will be a module, your drive-train, your energy source (probably a battery pack). This will solve all kinds of problems with weight and utility in vehicle usage.

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This is what will make flying cars possible. Your passenger compartment and engine can mate to a ground transport package for driving around town. Or it can mate to turbofans for flight. Have “miniports” for take-off/landing stocked with car-mode transport packages.

You drive from your home to a miniport, where you switch from the ground transport package (wheels and transmission) to an air transport package (turbofans and appropriate gearing).

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You fly between miniports much like you commute from one train station to another - say, distances of 20 miles to 30 miles. On landing, you leave the air transport package and mate to a ground transport package to drive to your final destination.

Solves issues of weight for flying, and packaging the lift mechanism when driving like a car.

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Solves the range issue

The package swap at a miniport could include a battery swap to give you a full charge. If battery range and weight reduction get you to a range of, say, 100 miles, for longer trips you could land every 80 miles or so to do a battery swap. A five minute delay once an hour to have unlimited range for your flying electric car.

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And eliminates freeways

This could also effectively eliminate the need for freeways. If you’re never more than 15 miles or so from your destination in a metro area, you don’t really need a freeway. For journeys between metro areas, miniport/battery swap stations at 80% of the full range would let you hop your way to your destination.

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Think about the amount of real estate this would free up in metropolitan areas. Very expensive real estate. That alone could finance one heck of a lot beyond the infrastructure needed.

Longer trips

And if you really need to go some serious distance? Your passenger compartment can be mated to a train, or an commercial jet’s fuselage. Travel in your car on high speed rail, or on a cross-country flight.

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