Cool idea and I see it working one day, but hopefully the licensing is extremely restrictive. 99% of drivers shouldn't even be allowed to operate a motor vehicle. You try to allow the average person to fly even the safest aircraft and you're going to have people dying left and right. Which would be fine by me, except the government' kneejerk response would be to ban everyone from flying them.
>>52357092 Quadcopters can hover in one place and are much more stable. Also the prices for batteries dropped in the last decade, the electro motors became way more powerful and FPV flying is a thing now. Not to mention the heavy influx of cheap chinese RC multicopters making the hobby more known. Standalone ready to fly drones are the reason why it boomed - not many people can be arsed to get every part on the internet and solder it together when they just can get the newest DJI Phantom at Walmart.
One of the things that got me thinking seriously about autonomous flying vehicles was the Ken Burns documentary Horatio's Drive, which is about the first person to drive a car across the U.S. (The drive happened in 1903.) I was struck by how much automobile naysayers in 1903 sounded like autonomous flying vehicle naysayers of the early 21st century. Not that Horatio Jackson's success driving across the U.S. in 1903 says anything at all about autonomous flying vehicles today. But the comments of the naysayers demonstrate just how bad most of us are at seeing major changes that are right on the cusp of happening.
When I consider it as a non-engineer, I think that 20 years from now we won't even recognize things. City parking will be a thing of the past as everybody's car will drive off and park itself in some underground or off-site parking facility, waiting to be summoned back later in the day.
Or you'll drive it to work for 7am, then send it home again by itself so your partner can use it to take the kids to school for 8:30. Then it'll drive itself home to charge.
Or you'll split a car between your family and your brother/sister/parents as it'll drive freely between homes depending on who needs it.
Traffic jams won't exist. Kids will talk incredulously about how we used to drive cars MANUALLY, even when tired, or drunk.
>2017: Truly autonomous vehicles become available, able to drive themselves from city to city in all weather conditions. >2020: Autonomous vehicles are becoming fairly common in businesses that have the most to gain through it (eg. long haul shipping), but still very uncommon for commuter cars. 2025: Autonomous cars are now accepted as relatively normal by the mainstream population and most people want one, but most people still don't have one. >2030: Most people have an autonomous vehicles by then.
>>52360189 I hope that one day I'll be able to go out to my car in the morning to find that it already started itself to warm up 15 minutes ago. Then I'll kick back and relax while it drives me to work with no interaction on my part other than to select my destination.
>>52360238 The computer in your head is far more error prone than the ones in Google or Tesla's vehicles. 30,000 people are killed by flesh and bone drivers ever year. If automated vehicles are just 10% less deadly that will mean thousands of lives saved every year. Oh, and so far all of Google's accidents were caused by other human drivers or dumb humans taking control of the vehicle.
>>52360287 My GPS typically emits a fairly loud "You have now reached your destination" when I get to where I'm going, so I don't see why my car couldn't do the same thing. Besides, falling asleep in my self driving vehicle is a pretty trivial thing to worry about.
>workplace is 20 minute flight away >get ready to take off, fly to the city >because every idiot has one of these helicopters now all the landing zones are crowded with other people trying to land >have to wait until the others are done so I have the navigating space to land >wait for 5 minutes >die
>“Cessna President and CEO Scott Ernest is signaling that Skycatcher, the company’s low-cost, Chinese-built light-sport aircraft, has been relegated to the history books. “There’s no future,” Ernest said when asked about the aircraft at a Cessna press conference Oct. 21 at the NBAA convention in Las Vegas. Asked if that meant the project would be discontinued, he replied, “No future.” Skycatcher was launched six years ago with great fanfare by Ernest’s predecessor, Jack Pelton. Offered at an introductory price of $109,500, the aircraft attracted 720 orders worth more than $75 million in the first three weeks after launch, and backlog ultimately topped 1,000. But the project was bedeviled by manufacturing problems at its Chinese partner. Cessna also was forced to raise Skycatcher’s price, which caused its backlog to evaporate.
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