How we get from point A to point B hasn’t really changed that much in the last 100 years. In 1908 affordable motor vehicles were introduced to the general public in the form of the Model T Ford and we haven’t looked back since. The internal combustion engine is still driving the vast majority of our vehicles today, but that may all be changing.
In recent years electric vehicles have become increasingly popular and they’re poised to find their way into a lot more driveways in the next few years.
These are exciting times, but an even greater revolution in personal transportation may be just over the horizon. Some of the world’s best-known companies are seriously experimenting with passenger drones and flying cars. Will they replace four wheels on the road? Here are the reasons we think that may just happen.
Eliminating Traffic Congestions
If there’s one feature of the modern city nobody likes it has to be the gridlocked commute to and from work on a daily basis. Some of us are lucky enough to have the option to work from home, but for most of us, there’s no way to avoid the inevitable daily grind.
The promise of drones that can avoid the congestion altogether would be a welcome sight for many commuters and that seems to be a very real possibility. The skies would have to be closely regulated to avoid the potential for in-air collisions, but automated drones would solve that problem.
Automated airborne commutes would have a couple of key advantages over our current modes of transportation. First of all, they would eliminate the possibility of traffic accidents due to human error or driver fatigue and that would potentially save a lot of lives.
Also, if we didn’t have to concentrate on the road ahead of us because our drones or driverless cars were taking us to work on autopilot free of the dangers of the road we could concentrate on catching up on the latest news or simply relaxing. It would make for a more productive and stress-free drive.
A Great View
One thing that has to be considered a big plus if we’re being driven to work in an airborne vehicle that does the driving for us is the great view we’ll have on our way there. Even if we’re a passenger in a car we never really see everything that’s going on around us.
With the bird’s eye view on offer from our own personal aircraft, we’d be able to see the landscape around us in much greater detail. There’s a good chance we’d learn some things about our local environment that we simply never knew before. That’s something even driverless cars on the roads can’t offer us.
Last but not least is the flexibility we have if our commute takes to the skies. In today’s world even if we find out about a traffic snarl up ahead well in advance we may still have few options if we want to get we’re going other than to drive right through it.
A drone or flying car would give us flexible route options. If there are problems in one are we could simply alter our flight plan slightly and completely avoid the problem
The Future Looks Friendly
The idea of drones and flying cars replacing our current four-wheels daily commute is a very real possibility. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re close. The future skies look friendly.