Consumers Say They Want Flying Cars To Have Parachutes

They’ve been dreamt about for decades and as flying cars get ever closer to hitting the streets and skies, the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Worldwide Transportation Program recently conducted a U.S. survey to find out just what consumers think of this innovative form of transport.

The survey discovered that almost two-thirds of Americans are familiar with the concept of flying cars but unsurprisingly, many hold concerns about their safety.

In fact, the Detroit News reports that 63 per cent of respondents said they are “very concerned” about the safety of flying cars while 83 per cent said they’d prefer vertical take-off and landings rather than requiring a runway like a traditional plane. Additionally, 80 per cent said a parachute would be “very” or “extremely” important.

The results of this survey come shortly after Dutch company PAL-V, unveiled a one-to-one scale model of its flying car, dubbed the Liberty, at Top Marques Monaco. The company intends on commencing customer deliveries by the end of 2018 and thinks it can spark a reinvention in the history of mobility.

It isn’t just startups that are interested in flying cars. In January, Airbus announced that it will present a prototype of a self-piloted flying car this year as a way to avoid urban gridlock.

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  • Zandit75

    Flying cars? None of the photos shown in this story have a car in them.

  • Craig
    • Zed68

      Does it come with a midget servant and a hot spy prisoner in the trunk ?

      • Craig

        I would certainly hope so! And although midgets [!] are beautiful people in their own little way – I might prefer that the hot spy prisoner was in the passenger seat and the little man in the trunk! Just sayn’.

  • Shtekeris

    Yes, consumers want parachutes in their helicopters. And that they are called helicopters since they are literally helicopters.

  • Mind Synthetic

    we need more blades, more blades

  • Six Thousand Times

    I say I don’t want consumers to have flying cars.

    • Status

      If they became viable, the FAA would demand them to be autonomous. They wouldn’t want a small-scale 9/11 happening every day, be it a disgruntled employee, spurned love interest, or a drunk flying home from the bar.

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