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When Cars Fly

The flying cars that we’ve been dreaming about for decades are not here yet, and we already have very unreasonable expectations.
"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!" –Doc Brown, 1985
"Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!" –Doc Brown, 1985Urban Aeronautics

Look at just about any celebrated imagined futuristic city—The Jetsons! Star Wars! Back to the Future! Blade Runner! What do we see? Flying cars.

And the decades-old dream of soaring over the gridlock seems to be within reach. We have autonomous cars. We have electric cars. And we have electric drones flying around all over the place. Surely, the great lift-off is almost upon us.