will it still be called, "a fender bender" if itsa soft hit?
That probably depends on where the fenders land!
A flying car would not be a good idea in Florida.
The majority of our roads are very straight and wide, and people down here have only partially grasped the technique of driving straight. Turns, curves and merging lanes make things get pretty exciting.
Floridians should not be given the opportunity to add in a third dimension.
Help! The sky is falling! - No, only the cars!
This begs the question. What will be the updated traffic rules for this? And will drivers be required to obtain a pilot license to bring it airborne?
Damn regulations take the fun out of everything...
The infrastructure is already being setup.
1. A special TF-X license is required to operate the car but it's tons easier than getting a pilot license. The car is highly computer controlled and it even has an automated system that can declare an emergency, control the operation of the vehicle in an emergency, and alert the authorities.
2. For driving on the streets: The car is street-legal. But since it's electric, it will have to be recharged every 500 miles. Btw, it will be operating on wheels only on the streets.
3. The TF-X license is all that's required for flights outside of tower-controlled airspace. But your flight plan is recorded and you are required to have a pre-selected landing zone and two back-up landing zones on file before the car will execute the flight plan.
4. A pilot's license will be required for any flight inside of tower-controlled airspace.
I don't have all the details yet but I think the flight safety thing will be controlled by GPS tracking for flights. Also, the car is designed to abort a flight plan if it detects any serious mechanical or tracking issues.
It would be easy for the GPS to detect any conflicting flight plans in a 500 mile radius and do an abort.