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9th Aug '16 10:41:51 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like an automobile...except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car would essentially be a personal aircraft and would require the same skills and regulations as a small airplane. The closest thing we have in real life is "roadable aircraft", essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like an automobile... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car would essentially be a personal aircraft and would require the same skills and regulations as a small airplane. The closest thing we have in real life is "roadable aircraft", essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.
9th Aug '16 10:41:40 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a automobile...except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car would essentially be a personal aircraft and would require the same skills and regulations as a small airplane. The closest thing we have in real life is "roadable aircraft", essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a an automobile...except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car would essentially be a personal aircraft and would require the same skills and regulations as a small airplane. The closest thing we have in real life is "roadable aircraft", essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.
9th Aug '16 7:45:54 PM Ripburger
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* The Phoenix Hovercar in ''{{X-COM}}: Apocalypse''. Together with the [[CoolBike Hoverbikes]], they're excellent vehicles for {{Zerg Rush}}ing {{Flying Saucer}}s in the early and mid game.

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* The Phoenix Hovercar in ''{{X-COM}}: Apocalypse''.''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse''. Together with the [[CoolBike Hoverbikes]], they're excellent vehicles for {{Zerg Rush}}ing {{Flying Saucer}}s in the early and mid game.
30th Jul '16 6:29:47 AM DesertDragon
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* Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it bad at one and horrible at the other. There's also the fact that such vehicles are expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, and burn ''a lot'' of gas while in use, meaning there's no convenience in owning one. People who pursue this concept are doing it ''only'' for the coolness factor.

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* Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it bad at one and horrible at the other. There's also the fact that Not only are such vehicles clunky to operate, but they are also expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, purchase and burn ''a lot'' a lot of gas fuel while in use, meaning there's no not the least bit of convenience in owning one. People who pursue this concept are doing in it ''only'' for the coolness factor.
30th Jul '16 6:21:38 AM DesertDragon
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* Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it bad at one and horrible at the other. There's also the fact that such vehicles are expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, and burn ''a lot'' of gas while in use. In other words, it saves neither time nor money.

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* Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it bad at one and horrible at the other. There's also the fact that such vehicles are expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, and burn ''a lot'' of gas while in use. In other words, use, meaning there's no convenience in owning one. People who pursue this concept are doing it saves neither time nor money.''only'' for the coolness factor.
30th Jul '16 6:12:48 AM DesertDragon
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* Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life, as you'll see below, but the idea has never quite gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it bad at one and horrible at the other. At best, it would be mediocre at both. Either way, not exactly a pleasant experience. There's also the fact that such vehicles use ''a lot'' of gas, though people interested in pursuing this concept generally aren't concerned about money.

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* Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life, life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never quite gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it bad at one and horrible at the other. At best, it would be mediocre at both. Either way, not exactly a pleasant experience. There's also the fact that such vehicles use are expensive to purchase, difficult to operate, and burn ''a lot'' of gas, though people interested gas while in pursuing this concept generally aren't concerned about use. In other words, it saves neither time nor money.
30th Jul '16 6:06:41 AM DesertDragon
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So your hero needs a CoolCar. But what do you do when missiles, NitroBoost and [[EjectionSeat ejector seats]] don't suffice to show just how much of a {{badass}} he is? Simple: make it a flying car.

It's a quick way for writers to show just how super a {{superhero}} is, particularly if they are a BadassNormal. Or sometimes it's just a lazy way to demonstrate a show is [[TheFuture set in the future]]. Nothing screams "futuristic city-scape" better than giant buildings with all the space between them [[FuturisticSuperhighway crammed with flying shiny specks]]! Either way, you need a flying car!

The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.

See also: LookMaNoPlane. If the car in question is flying through the air in many small pieces due to an explosion, see Main/ExternalCombustion. The AmphibiousAutomobile is a similar concept, albeit one that is more successful in real life since it's much easier to make a car float in water than in the air.

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So It's TheFuture and you want show how far technology has advanced. Or, your present-day Earthling heroes are visiting an alien planet whose society is light years ahead of us. Or the story is set in present-day Earth and you simply want to give your hero needs a CoolCar. But CoolCar, but what do you do when missiles, NitroBoost and [[EjectionSeat ejector seats]] {{Ejection Seat}}s don't suffice to show just how much of a {{badass}} he is? Simple: make it a flying car.

cars!

It's a quick way for writers to show just how super a {{superhero}} is, particularly if they are a BadassNormal. Or sometimes it's just a lazy way to demonstrate that a show is [[TheFuture set in the future]]. a far-flung time and/or place. Nothing screams "futuristic (or alien) city-scape" better than giant buildings with all the space between them [[FuturisticSuperhighway crammed with flying shiny specks]]! Either way, you need a flying car!

The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... automobile...except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity). Creating for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car in real life basically just gives you would essentially be a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, personal aircraft and requires would require the same skills and regulations as a pilot to fly. Hence the reason small airplane. The closest thing we don't really have them.

in real life is "roadable aircraft", essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.

See also: LookMaNoPlane. If the car in question is flying through the air in many small pieces due to an explosion, see Main/ExternalCombustion. The AmphibiousAutomobile is a similar concept, albeit one that is more successful in real life since it's much easier to make a car float in the water than in the air.



* As pointed out at the top of the page, flying cars ''have'' been invented in RealLife. The idea has just never managed to get off the ground [pun intended] because the flying cars used up ''way'' too much fuel while airborne. Also, they had a nasty tendency to crash when they ran out (which happened ''much'' more quickly than one might think). Add expense, complexity of operation, and the relative practicality of an automobile as transportation and just taking a general airliner when flight is necessary, and you see the problem.
** The critical problem with 'flying cars' is that they are aircraft. As such you can't fly one without a pilot's license, and air traffic control would go insane trying to sort out millions of aircraft flying around each other in a small area. Most existing 'flying cars' are better described as roadable aircraft. Most small airfields are in rural areas, so you have the minor problem of arriving at an airfield and having no transport to the nearest town, except for a taxi or folding bicycle. The idea is that you could detach the wings and propeller, then drive the remaining vehicle by road into town. They are not really designed as a replacement for your normal car.
*** Not to mention that traffic collisions are bad enough with how cars are now. Imagine how much worse they'd get if you factored in the fact that the car's going to be falling from 30+ feet above the ground.

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* As pointed out at the top of the page, flying cars ''have'' Many many ''many'' attempts have been invented made in RealLife. The real life, as you'll see below, but the idea has just never managed to get quite gotten off the ground [pun intended] because (pun intended) for the flying cars used up ''way'' too much fuel while airborne. Also, they had a nasty tendency to crash when they ran same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out (which happened ''much'' more quickly than one might think). Add expense, complexity of operation, and the relative practicality of an automobile as transportation and just taking a general airliner when flight is necessary, and you see the problem.
** The critical problem with 'flying cars' is
style: their functional needs are so different, making something that they are aircraft. As such you can't fly does both only succeeds in making it bad at one without a pilot's license, and air traffic control horrible at the other. At best, it would go insane trying to sort out millions of aircraft flying around each other in a small area. Most existing 'flying cars' are better described as roadable aircraft. Most small airfields are in rural areas, so you have the minor problem of arriving be mediocre at an airfield and having no transport to the nearest town, except for a taxi or folding bicycle. The idea is that you could detach the wings and propeller, then drive the remaining vehicle by road into town. They are both. Either way, not really designed as exactly a replacement for your normal car.
*** Not to mention that traffic collisions are bad enough with how cars are now. Imagine how much worse they'd get if you factored in
pleasant experience. There's also the fact that the car's going to be falling from 30+ feet above the ground.such vehicles use ''a lot'' of gas, though people interested in pursuing this concept generally aren't concerned about money.



* The closest Real Life equivalent to the flying car of science fiction is the helicopter. Unfortunately, they're expensive, hard to fly, and make much more noise than you would want to live next to, which is why the average person doesn't own one.
** The good news is that we now have computers that can make helicopters significantly easier to fly. Of course that doesn't help the noise, and actually makes them *more* expensive... so...
** Actually, if one doesn't mind a little less fuel efficiency there's always tip-jet powered helicopters, whose rotor blades are not powered by a central shaft, but instead a jet at the tips. The Nazis tried it using ramjets at the end, but it's less complicated and safer to use compressed air pumped through the rotor assembly by a compressor inside the body. Not only is this system quieter, but the lack of a torqued shaft removes the need for a tail rotor and dramatically decreases the slow response time of control inputs, making it much easier to fly than traditional helicopters.
** Small airplanes, such as those made by Cessna, are also pretty close to the science fiction conception of flying [[strike:airplanes]] cars in everything but ease of control and appearance. Also, they are very expensive.
*** A used, very basic Cessna might cost about the same as a (new, good, but not luxury-level) automobile. Learning to fly it and getting a license to do so is probably a bigger difficulty, and many would be averse to the risk to begin with. Then there's additional maintenance costs and complications. And a small plane simply isn't as ''practical'' as an automobile for transportation, which is probably the ''biggest'' reason why it can't be treated as an equivalent. [[CaptainObvious You can't exactly take a Cessna on a grocery shopping trip]], and even for, say, visiting out-of-town relatives, you'll need some way to get from the airstrip to their front door. Of course, part of the reason cars ''are'' so comparatively practical is that we have an entire infrastructure designed around them... But it's hard to imagine doing the same for conventional airplanes.
* The [[http://www.parajetautomotive.com/ ParaJet SkyCar]] is an unusually simple example. It looks like a dune buggy with a parawing and a propeller strapped to the back. Largely because that's exactly what it is. But it works! As a bonus, if the engine fails or runs out of fuel, the buggy will simply glide to the ground with its "wing" acting as a parachute, rather than suffer a deadly crash. Judging from the design, the main purpose will be fun and recreation. Shipping is expected to start this year (2010) -- it remains to be seen whether this will turn out to be {{Vaporware}} or not.

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* The closest Real Life equivalent to the flying car of science fiction is the helicopter. Unfortunately, they're expensive, hard to fly, and make much more noise than you would want to live next to, which is why the average person doesn't own one.
** The good news is that we now have computers that can make helicopters significantly easier to fly. Of course that doesn't help the noise, and actually makes them *more* expensive... so...
** Actually, if one doesn't mind a little less fuel efficiency there's always tip-jet powered helicopters, whose rotor blades are not powered by a central shaft, but instead a jet at the tips. The Nazis tried it using ramjets at the end, but it's less complicated and safer to use compressed air pumped through the rotor assembly by a compressor inside the body. Not only is this system quieter, but the lack of a torqued shaft removes the need for a tail rotor and dramatically decreases the slow response time of control inputs, making it much easier to fly than traditional helicopters.
** Small airplanes, such as those made by Cessna, are also pretty close to the science fiction conception of flying [[strike:airplanes]] cars in everything but ease of control and appearance. Also, they are very expensive.
*** A used, very basic Cessna might cost about the same as a (new, good, but not luxury-level) automobile. Learning to fly it and getting a license to do so is probably a bigger difficulty, and many would be averse to the risk to begin with. Then there's additional maintenance costs and complications. And a small plane simply isn't as ''practical'' as an automobile for transportation, which is probably the ''biggest'' reason why it can't be treated as an equivalent. [[CaptainObvious You can't exactly take a Cessna on a grocery shopping trip]], and even for, say, visiting out-of-town relatives, you'll need some way to get from the airstrip to their front door. Of course, part of the reason cars ''are'' so comparatively practical is that we have an entire infrastructure designed around them... But it's hard to imagine doing the same for conventional airplanes.
* The [[http://www.parajetautomotive.com/ ParaJet SkyCar]] is an unusually simple example. It looks like a dune buggy with a parawing and a propeller strapped to the back. Largely because that's exactly what it is. But it works! As a bonus, if the engine fails or runs out of fuel, the buggy will simply glide to the ground with its "wing" acting as a parachute, rather than suffer a deadly crash. Judging from the design, the main purpose will be fun and recreation. Shipping is expected to start this year (2010) -- it remains to be seen whether this will turn out to be {{Vaporware}} or not.



** This highlights an interesting, if subtle, distinction between "flying cars" and "road-able aircraft", which is a term you'll often read if studying this topic. The Terrafugia "''Transition''" is an ''airplane'' that happens to have compact, folding wings and the ability to drive on regular roads. You still need to take off and land at an airport, and fly the vehicle like any small plane -- but you can ''drive it home'' from the airstrip after you land, too, as if it were a car. (You can also drive ''instead'' of flying if weather conditions are bad). Not quite as glamorous as a full flying car might be -- [[BoringButPractical but in the end, far more practical.]]



*** JackOfAllStats perhaps?



* Volkswagen's China branch appears to have come up with [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/05/09/volkswagen_s_people_s_car_project_creates_hover_vehicle_concept_video_.html a floating car]]. This particular concept car relies on magnetic levitation instead of conventional engines, meaning it'll require a lot of specialized infrastructure to be drivable.
** Actually it relies completely on ComputerGeneratedImages, despite the explanation given in the video.

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* Volkswagen's China branch appears to have come up with [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/05/09/volkswagen_s_people_s_car_project_creates_hover_vehicle_concept_video_.html a floating car]]. This particular concept car relies on magnetic levitation instead of conventional engines, meaning it'll require a lot of specialized infrastructure to be drivable.
** Actually it
drivable. Unfortunately, the video relies completely on ComputerGeneratedImages, despite the explanation given in the video.given.
27th Jul '16 10:16:47 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity - and God knows what the propulsion system would be.) Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity - and God knows what the propulsion system would be.) anti-gravity). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.
27th Jul '16 10:16:08 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or strange propulsion system of some kind). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the reason we don't really have them.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or strange - and God knows what the propulsion system of some kind). would be.) Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.
27th Jul '16 10:13:21 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or a strange propulsion system of some kind). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the reason we don't really have them.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or a strange propulsion system of some kind). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the reason we don't really have them.
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