Electric Vehicles vs. a New Transportation Contender — Flying Cars

Electric vehicles (EVs) are widely seen as the future of the automobile industry. EVs roam our streets as companies invest millions of dollars in replacing fuel pumps with charging stations. However, the last few years have seen the emergence of a new type of vehicle we had only dared dream about: flying cars. Could a battle unfold over which will dominate the market?

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Electric Vehicles

Electric cars use rechargeable batteries and are quieter than diesel and gasoline alternatives. They also have no exhaust emissions and lower emissions overall. Several countries have established incentives for plug-in electric vehicles such as subsidies and tax credits that make the price of running these cars much lower than their diesel and gasoline counterparts.

Flying Vehicles

The technology required to make flying vehicles is, in large part, already established. Drones use multiple rotors to take off vertically and zoom horizontally, while batteries have evolved to become more lightweight and reliable. Companies like Zipline and Walmart, for example, are already running automated deliveries using drones.

The Verdict

Flying vehicles will require the implementation of both regulation and infrastructure that is already present for electric vehicles. However, technological progress in developing flying cars is accelerating rapidly all across the world. Boeing, Airbus, and more than a dozen startups are currently working on flying vehicles that could free increasingly busy roads and cut emissions.

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Anthropologist & User Experience Designer. I write about science and technology. Robot whisperer. VR enthusiast. Gamer. @yisela_at www.yisela.com

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