Flying cars are not as forward-looking as autonomous driving technology is. Even in the sad story of Arizona, people's pursuit of fully autonomous driving technology has not wavered. But for flying cars, some people still doubt its feasibility and look at its future.
Tesla's CEO, Musk, the hottest star of the moment, stands on the opposite side of flying cars. As the biggest "black powder" of flying cars in history, he once publicly stated on Twitter, "If you like to fly over your own house, and there are always a lot of cars flying on it, it's no problem. These cars It's like a drone that is 1000 times magnified, and it's full of noise. When landing, the huge airflow can even blow away a lot of things. "
It is difficult to imagine that Musk, who launched rockets and tunnels to solve the problem of human sustainable development, did not like the concept of flying cars, and compared it to "a drone that is 1000 times magnified and full of noise. ". Che Yunjun couldn't help but want to ask, wouldn't he encounter more obstacles than noise when launching rockets and tunneling? Elon, it's not like you.
Admittedly, flying cars that are currently in the public eye are represented by Liberty and Transition, which have already started pre-sale. They all have more or less noisy problems, but this is not an insolvable problem. Uber CEO Dara responded "musibly" in response to Musk's offensive remarks. "Flying cars can gradually reduce their use of advanced battery production technologies such as Tesla and smaller rotors. Noise and become more environmentally friendly. "
We need to give flying cars a little time. Although it has more than 100 years of development history, it is only about a decade or so for it to be on the right track. It is still in the initial stage of development. We are entangled with the problems existing in flying cars today, and we should pay more attention to the social problems it can solve.
As car ownership and carbon emissions increase year by year, problems such as traffic congestion and environmental pollution have forced countries to draw a red line for fuel vehicles. Until now, no one doubts the general trend of electrification.
However, from the annual report released recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA), we have seen some unsatisfactory forecasts. IEA executive director Mr. Birol said, "Although there will be 330 million electric vehicles on the global road by 2040, the rapid growth of high-emission SUV models will curb the ecological benefits brought by electric vehicles."
In contrast, flying cars can also be used as a carrier for electrification, intelligence, networking, and sharing. It is also a feasible way to solve the problem of human sustainable development. More importantly, flying cars can also significantly reduce people's travel time, expand travel radius, solve traffic congestion problems more effectively than electric vehicles, and unlock 3D smart cities.
Perhaps it is precisely seeing the expected future of flying cars, and various countries have begun to light up.
In October this year, South Korea stated that it would relax the legal restrictions on drone packages and flying taxis, and start to develop drone delivery service standards next year. Coincidentally, the start-up company EHang reached a strategic cooperation with the Guangzhou Municipal Government in August. In the future, it will deploy flying car trial operation points and routes in 11 districts in Guangzhou. Of course, the test cooperation between Uber and Dubai and the strategic cooperation between Audi and Germany show that the policies of various countries are gradually leading to flying cars.
Moreover, the huge potential of flying cars has also attracted many capitals. Domestically, Geely Automobiles took the lead. It first bought Terrafugia, and then led Volocopter, a German city air travel company. Its investment in this area was a big one. In addition, the technology giant Tencent invested $ 90 million in the famous flying car company Lilium as early as 2017, which can be regarded as an indirect exposure of its mobile ambitions.
Furthermore, the total investment in flying cars worldwide has exceeded more than 2 billion US dollars. According to forecasts from international investment bank Morgan Stanley, these investments will help flying cars grow into a new blue ocean with a market size of 1.5 trillion by 2040. By then, perhaps one can really understand Mr. Henry Ford's sentence from the last century:
"The combination of an airplane and a car is coming. You may laugh, but it will come."