Flying car concepts from the last decade alone

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Another “flying car” concept is making its way onto the internet. This time it’s another electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft made by a British company called Bellweather Industries. Called the Antelope, it’s an eVTOL with “supercar sexiness,” according to design flower. The prototype flew at a few shows and events last year, but photos released by Design Bloom show the vehicle not big enough to even house a human. The company told Bloom:

We believe that shifts in the sky will be inevitable in the next 10 years. therefore, we create a volar for anyone to fly anytime and anywhere at any point. the ultimate goal of flagship industries is to build a whole new 3-dimensional lifestyle and lead the world towards more complete urban mobility.’

Available within the next ten years, you say? Flying car concepts are still hitting the road a few years, but this specific number piqued my interest for some reason. I decided to scroll through Jalopnik’s archives over the, oh, ten years or so, and count how many flying car concepts have come and find out where they all went. I have compiled them for you here. Keep in mind that these are just the “flying cars” we decided to cover for some reason. There have been many, many others that have popped up around this time with similar promises and gimmicks, but we’ve refused to cover because we’ve had enough of the scam. On the contrary, the flying car hype is accelerating rather than slowing down. This is probably due to the fact that nothing makes sense anymore.

Along with personal jet packs and food in pill form, these are the only Jetson technologies that will really say we’ve “succeeded” as a civilization. It’s the dream of the elite who can afford such luxurious transport and who can’t wait to jump above traffic to avoid accidentally bumping into a pauper in the eye if possible. If only we could make the crazy stuff work.

Most of them aren’t even flying cars per se, they just claim the name with nothing to really back it up. In fact, we still strongly believe that flying cars are practically impossible to implement. Our very own Jason Torchinsky (who starts this list so hopeful about the prospect of stealing cars) hit the nail on the way to the head, in 2014 when he was already jaded by the whole concept:

Yet they don’t all realize that the problem isn’t the engineering – the problem has been solved, more or less, dozens of times – the problem is that nobody wants those damn things. Truly. Each of these companies should have looked back on the decades and decades of failures here and realized that the problem isn’t the plane, it’s the pilots. Because that’s what it takes, a pilot, to drive one of these. And how many pilots do you know? And how many of them are screaming for these?

Think for a moment and try to imagine the ideal customer for a flying car. It would have to be someone with a real pilot’s license but no airplane. someone who does needed both a car and a plane, and had no way to easily switch between them.

Truer words, dear Torch. If I missed any, feel free to add some in the comments!

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