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      CommentAuthorNickDonald
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010 edited
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    Moller International are well into development and prototyping on what they have dubbed "Skycar" [yep, all one word, no article].

    Skycar

    I have to say, I'm suitably impressed. All the info is on their site and they've even got videos of the freaking thing "flying"! Check it out: http://www.moller.com

    [sorry 'bout this, I'm having a lot of trouble getting the link to stick to the post: http://www.moller.com/index.php?option=com_jomtube&view=video&id=77&Itemid=79 - if anyone can help me out with that I'd be much obliged]
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010
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    How do I put this?

    My college friends and I were just blown away by this when we heard about it and saw the pictures.

    I graduated in 1986.

    While the looks of the prototype changes every few years, Moller's sky car is still doing the same thing it has for twenty-five years: Hovering a few feet off the ground, making lots of noise, and causing young journalists who think they've got the story of the decade to gush FLYING CAR FINALLY HERE!!!! and recite the latest variation of the press release.
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    Look carefully at that video. See that tether? That was supposed to be a temporary safety measure . . . as mentioned in press releases from 25 years back.

    This is more than vaporware, in that the guy actually builds things, but the actual flying car always seems a few years (and maybe some investor dollars?) away.
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      CommentAuthorNickDonald
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010
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    Yeah, apparently they still have to use the tether for"insurance purposes". Well, 25 years just goes to show that funding for the flying car is really not a priority for governments or the private sector.

    It looks a lot nicer than it used to, though...
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    @StefanJ — Yeah, I was totally excited about this when I saw it in Popular Mechanics when I was a kid. And... it looks exactly what I remember.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010
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    "It looks a lot nicer than it used to, though... :"

    Cripes, to quote Groundskeeper Willy, "If it werrrrni't against the laws of nature I'd marry it." It's like a Gerry Anderson gizmo come to life.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010
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    It maybe some sort of investment scam at this point. Some bored billionaire would have one for himself if the inventor would allow it off his property.
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    This is the future. You will never have a flying car. You may, however, have robot servants.
    • CommentAuthorcallisto23
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    Think about the idiots you see on the road every day. You really want them flying over your house?
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      CommentAuthoraike
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    Yeah, for a while back in the 90s you could preorder one of them for a cool half a million, or quarter of a million, or something. Same red one as above. Havent even updated the design since then.
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    I think they were in court recently for that. Something about selling shares under false pretenses.
    Oh no, my mistake. I read about it recently, but the actual fine was in 2003, for "fraudulent unregistered stock". The actual article was about them releasing a FlightSim plugin and asking for more investments.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    The wings are new. I remember the Popular Mechanics article from about 20 years ago; Moller originally theorized that the turbines alone would provide enough lift to get the sucker off the ground.
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      CommentAuthoraike
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010 edited
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    Yes! The wings *are* new! It must work now... quick... where can I buy shares? :D

    But seriously, I still find this ever so disappointing, every time it comes up.

    *edited to remove snark*
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      CommentAuthorEmmymau
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    I'm inclined to agree with Callisto. Too many folks out there have enough trouble driving in two dimensions.
    • CommentAuthorepalicki
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    My point about the wings: at some point this ceases to be a flying car and becomes an airplane.

    As an object, the Skycar is remains very pretty, even 25 years later (and it amuses me that Skycars have appeared in Warren's run on Astonishing X-Men as well as in a few post-Alan Moore issues of TOP 10), but in terms of functionality, it's becoming less and less unique when compared to, say, a helicopter.
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    One of the battles was about whether it is a plane or a car supposedly.

    Carplanes are old tech and boring. Ask any James Bond fan.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    A huge number of people shouldn't be allowed to drive normal cars. The day flying cars become common is the day I'm locking myself in a bunker and hiding until the corpses are finished raining from the sky...
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      CommentAuthorNickDonald
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2010
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    Well, looks like I'm well behind the 8 ball on this whole flying car thing.

    But here's an idea, why don't they develop some sort of flying mass transit system? I'm a genius!
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    I still reckon we ought to have a municipal catapult/net system. It would be fast, entertaining, and would reduce congestion.
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2010 edited
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    Hmmm... yes; computerized aiming system, and ballasted, aerodynamic winged glider capsules to make the flight relatively safe and predictable. After all, you don't have to make it safe - you only need to reduce the number of causalties to something comparable to road traffic, right? Wolfram Alpha says that globally, 1 in 48 deaths annually are caused by road traffic accidents. Easy.
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      CommentAuthorNickDonald
    • CommentTimeMar 30th 2010
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    Don't forget "energy efficient" "environmentally sustainable" and the creation of jobs - Catapult Winder, Catapult Releaser, Net Untangler - and it'd be a much needed shot in the arm for the beleaguered Aerodynamic-Crash-Helmet-with-Goggles and Elasticy-Circus-Type-Springy-Nets-that-You-Don't-Bounce-Out-Of manufacturing industries.

    The only drawback I can see is the possibility of an airborne collision with the Umbrella Crested Poppins.