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Companies envision taxis flying above jammed traffic

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As if there aren't enough accidents on the road already. Now we want to have accidents in the sky too.

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Time to clog up the skyways and rain crash debris down on our homes. Only the robotic or remote pilots don't have to worry about losing their lives.

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Other than very limited services for the wealthy, this is ages away from being common place. Similarly so as private jets are exclusively for the 0.01%ers whether chartered, leased or bought.

The flying vehicles have been developed, but the infrastructure is still at zero.

Only a version of some kind of layered lock-into guided scan system would work.

The era of free flying Jetson style will not occur in urbanized areas for the foreseeable or longer future

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Other than very limited services for the wealthy, this is ages away from being common place.

Helicopters for airport transit are already affordable for those in a hurry, and little infrastructure is needed. Having too many of these in the sky over urban areas would make me nervous, but they are not all that different from budget helicopter rides.

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@browny1 its going to happen and it will become a common site. We are already seeing it and testing it! You can sit behind a monitor and not visualize it but its going to happen. The technology is already be tested extensively, people said that about automobiles, they said that about the first airplanes and going to the moon!! Its going to happen, I hope you are not going to be one of those glued to your monitor 40 years from now in denial!

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Its going to happen

But I guess the question is, "What's going to happen?" Will these vehicles be as common as regular taxis? I doubt that - route organization would be a nightmare. Will it be mainly for transport to and from airports? Or just for emergency services? I'm trying to imagine when and how I make make use of such a service. I'm struggling a little. Also, I note there is no mention of energy usage in the article.

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Great.

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In Hawaii there already has the Island Hoppers helicopter taxi service for decades. Of course the Jetsons have predicted airborne city taxis like this too. But judging from at least the first picture, the ones here are quite a bit on the butt ugly side, at least not as good looking as the saucers you see on the TV cartoon series.

Science fiction predicts the future without a doubt, but when it does become reality it's never exactly what the authors say it will be.

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Yes there are helicopter shuttle / air taxi services in many places but this one is flown by remote control. No pilot on board. Uh, no thanks.

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kaimychal - thanks for your response.

I'm not questioning the merit or eventuality of such things - flying taxis and the like.

I never said it won't happen.

Cars emerged and basic infrastructure - roads, bridges etc were already in place.

Planes emerged and free air space was already there.

Rockets emerged and there was nothing stopping them.

What I said was flying cars on the other hand will require dedicated tech & infrastructure that doesn't exist at the moment. It will come as I said - sooner for the rich.

I said the days of common (for us plebs) Jetson daily travel in cities is a long way off.

In addition the article doesn't begin to address the real cause of the grid-lock cities now find themselves in.

Reliance on private vehicle personnel transfer in urban areas is not a solution for the future, whether it be by road or air.

Future rapid urban transit will be surely be "mass", incorporating various options from vastly updated driverless train/tram/tube systems to speedy moving walkways to linear pod systems etc.

These will be underground, on the ground, above the ground and in the air.

Fred & Wilma won't be joining George & Jane soon.

The Elon Musks of the world may though.

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Cars emerged and basic infrastructure - roads, bridges etc were already in place.

Oh heck no they weren't! When the first cars were introduced roads were muddy horse tracks. There was no pavement outside of big cities. There was no highway system and very few bridges, even fewer that could support the weight of a car. The "road" across the desert from Yuma to the mountains east of San Diego was just some wooden planks laid across the sand. Most roads were just dirt.

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Future rapid urban transit will be surely be "mass", incorporating various options from vastly updated driverless train/tram/tube systems to speedy moving walkways to linear pod systems etc.

Hate to burst your bubble but a lot of us will not be forced to live like that. Ever. For any reason. And we vote.

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