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A Flying-Car Debate Between Tesla and Uber Chiefs Misses the Point

Hi folks, it’s Brad. Late last week, two Silicon Valley powers got into an online scrum over a technology that is neither developing nor likely to take off anytime soon. On his grand tour of Asia, Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi won headlines by predicting that private air taxis—flying cars—will be whizzing over U.S. cities within a decade, negating the need for costly new transportation concepts like the hyperloop.

Elon Musk, who popularized the idea of a high-speed, tube-based transportation system dubbed the hyperloop and has expressed skepticism before about flying cars, didn’t pass up the opportunity to do so again. “If you love drones above your house, you’ll really love vast numbers of ‘cars’ flying over your head that are 1000 times bigger and noisier and blow away anything that isn’t nailed down when they land,” he tweeted.