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Saturday, August 14, 2021

BlackFly is what is often called a flying car. Engineers and entrepreneurs like [Marcus] Leng have spent more than a decade nurturing this new breed of aircraft, electric vehicles that can take off and land without a runway. They believe these vehicles will be cheaper and safer than helicopters, providing practically anyone with the means of speeding above crowded streets. "Our dream is to free the world from traffic," said Sebastian Thrun, another engineer at the heart of this movement.

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"Our dream is to free the world from traffic,"

I guess that's good marketing, but,
Traffic jams are as old as traffic itself.
They had traffic jams in ancient Rome.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-14 10:46 PM | Reply

... "Our dream is to free the world from traffic," ...

Increasing the altitude at which the traffic occurs is not freeing the world from traffic.

It is merely moving the traffic to a different altitude.

How do they plan to deal with the handling of the increased air traffic?

Or are they just saying it is the FAA's (i.e., government's) problem?

(of course, they're probably Republicans who believe in small government. But I digress...)

What they really need to promote is an actual decrease in number of trips. Then, and only then, will they be able to say they are freeing the world from traffic.

This looks like yet another "flying car" half-baked idea.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-14 11:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

(aside to the uber thread elf --- I seem to be having DNS issues with the jquery.com link that is used. Is jquery.com having a DNS issue that is affecting the loading of your site?)

I now return you to your regularly scheduled program...


(aside #2: remember when TV stations shut off at night?)


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-14 11:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 - Yes. They went off the air with the Star Spangled Banner, then transmitted a test pattern with the Indian and calibration markings until 6:00 AM.

#4 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-14 11:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Thank god we can get news 24 hours a day now ...

Now if it was just accurate ...

But that's a whole nother can of worms.

Oy.

#5 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-08-14 11:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5 - actually we get 15 minutes of news repeated ad nauseum for 24 hours.

#6 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-15 12:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... They went off the air with the Star Spangled Banner, then transmitted a test pattern with the Indian and calibration markings until 6:00 AM. ...

In the New York City area, the CBS affiliate (WCBS) was always the last station in NYC to sign off in the early morning.

The tune used to shutdown the station was Syncopated Clock ( www.youtube.com )

Then in the early morning (5am-ish?) my brother and I used to wake up early to watch the Crusader Rabbit cartoons...

But I digress... :)

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-15 12:10 AM | Reply

@#7

Forgot to add...

After the Syncopated Clock, the Star Spangled Banner was played, complete with fireworks...

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-15 12:12 AM | Reply

This is what was on the air from midnight until 6:00 AM on the four TV stations in Houston when I was a kid.

upload.wikimedia.org

#9 | Posted by jakester at 2021-08-15 12:39 AM | Reply

I can't wait until the skies are as congested as the roads.

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-08-15 01:07 AM | Reply

@#10

Yup, that is the problem here.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-08-15 02:02 AM | Reply

Maybe they should make flying parking spaces first.

#12 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-08-15 09:56 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

This is absurd.

Flying cars are NOT coming.

#13 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-08-15 10:15 AM | Reply

Since about April 2020 I have been free of traffic in my regular ground car. Maybe if their goal is to free the world from traffic they should be researching a new virus.

#14 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-08-15 10:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What will the insurance premiums be?

#15 | Posted by TenMile at 2021-08-15 10:32 AM | Reply

TENMILE

They'll probably be based on the altitude you fly and the power of your magnetic levitation system.

We have trains that can do that. Why not cars?

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-15 10:44 AM | Reply

What they really need to promote is an actual decrease in number of trips. Then, and only then, will they be able to say they are freeing the world from traffic.

Or reduce the surplus population.

a.k.a. The Trumpy/Thanos Theory

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-08-15 12:37 PM | Reply

It is merely moving the traffic to a different altitude.

Wrong. Altitudes. Think of 10 lanes vertically. You'd need some crazy algorithm to keep it straight, but that's what'll happen.
Or it will end up like "Life in the Air Age" (airships crashing every day into the bay)

youtu.be

#18 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-08-15 02:06 PM | Reply

LEGALLY

How about a multitude of lanes at different altitudes.

I can imagine a future of magnetic levitation strip highways at various altitudes all going one way both to and from. Just plug in your future car's GPS to the coordinates of your destination and let your car's computer figure out the rest.

But then, there are those folks who prefer the scenic route over less traveled routes . . . or maybe country roads. I think our flying cars would have to have the ability to convert to land vehicles.

I don't really believe it. Jus' thinking out loud. The cost would be prohibitive and BIG OIL would put up one wiz-bang of a battle.

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-15 03:53 PM | Reply

Wonderful imagination. Highly impractical but it would make for a cool looking sci fi film backdrop.

Flying cars made for the best Popular Mechanics issues, but unfortunately they don't fly once you put on all the weight to make them street legal.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-08-15 04:31 PM | Reply

SEITZ

I was thinking of how passenger trains, with all that weight, can travel at high speeds on levitation magnets without ever touching a rail.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-15 09:24 PM | Reply

"but unfortunately they don't fly once you put on all the weight to make them street legal."

I've got it:
Flying bicycles!

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-15 09:26 PM | Reply

Snoofy fone home

#23 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-08-15 10:21 PM | Reply

Snoofy frighteningly close to reality while joking. Rideable multi-rotors are a thing people have been working on for awhile and they often tend to look like bikes.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-08-16 07:59 AM | Reply

#21 | POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2021-08-15 09:24 PM | FLAG:

and Elon Musk promised to do it that with tunnels. Well.. Vegas got a tunnel alright.. and 177 drivers and cars for something a 50 year old tram system does better.

The atmospheric railway is over 100 years old as a concept and people keep trying to repackage it as Hyperloop because Train sounds old and Pod sounds futuristic.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-08-16 08:02 AM | Reply

he cost would be prohibitive and BIG OIL would put up one wiz-bang of a battle.

#19 | POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2021-08-15 03:53 PM | REPLY

Also, your entire system is a petroleum product. Big Energy would love you. What you are building is The Future Of Rollercoasters... also an Aprils Fools engineering joke, the maglev coaster. You're running a massive electromagnet as your track. The supports you would need would be incredible and subject to square cube law. The bigger the system, the heavier and more impossible your engineering. What's really practical are current LIM coasters that use standard steel tracking, but a vertical fin set in the center of the rails at launch portions and rapid switching of the magnets are what give you the push. Unfortunately, unlike road systems, when one component breaks the entire system goes down. All hail the bus system, the most robust transportation system ever invented.

#26 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-08-16 08:46 AM | Reply

"Also, your entire system is a petroleum product. Big Energy would love you."

Not really.

If we stopped burning oil, consumption would be cut by ~65%.

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-16 09:27 AM | Reply

#24 I bet you a Road Warrior auto-gyro for when your brothers in arms finally overthrow America.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-16 09:36 AM | Reply

Not really.

#27 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2021-08-16 09:27 AM | FLAG:

Yes, really. Oil as fuel is low IRR.

Not sure what you are betting on. Flying bikes or right wing overthrows? If you want a flying motorcycle call up Lazareth and drop $500k.

I know somebody with a gyrocopter. You don't have enough money to get me to fly on it.

#29 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-08-16 10:30 AM | Reply

"flying bike"

That reminded me of a crazy idea an airline had a few years ago. I don't remember which one. In order to maximize passenger space they suggested replacing passenger seats with rows of bicycle seats. Obviously that idea didn't fly (no pun intended).

#30 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-16 12:24 PM | Reply

Skyrider. It wasn't from an airline, it was from an aircraft seat manufacturer called Aviointeriors from Italy. Ryanair said they considered introducing a standing section in some aircraft using the second version of the seat and then dropped the idea. No standing seats have been approved by the FAA.

#31 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-08-16 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Oil as fuel is low IRR."

Doesn't matter:
THE SPICE MUST FLOW.

#32 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-16 02:03 PM | Reply

SITZ @ #31

Thanks. I was to lazy to look it up because . . . well, you know. Because it's Monday.

#33 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-08-16 04:21 PM | Reply

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