Elon Musk Believes Flying Cars Will Guillotine Us All

Elon Musk is all about improving infrastructure and making it easier and more environmentally-friendly for people to travel from point A to point B. Interestingly, the outspoken chief executive doesn’t have much faith in flying cars.

While speaking at a recent event for The Boring Company, Musk plainly stated that flying cars could prove a serious health hazard to the general public, reports CNET.

“There will be zillions of these things flying all over the place and, inevitably, somebody’s not going to service their car properly and they’re going to drop a hubcap and it’s going to guillotine somebody,” he said.

Many people believe that flying cars could solve many of the world’s current transport issues and understandably so. As our roads get more and more clogged, it’s hard not to look towards the empty sky and imagine all the free space above us.

Unlike these people, Musk is looking underground. Literally. Beyond his work on a high-speed Hyperloop that could transport passengers through vacuum tubes at over 600 mph (965 km/h), Musk is aggressively pursuing his Loop system.

The product of The Boring Company, Loop will ferry paying passengers underground through a series of tunnels in small pods. Loop will then start to accommodate passenger cars through its network.

Note: AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL Flying Car Concept pictured

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  • TrevP

    We won’t see flying cars in our lifetime. It will cause so many issues with how our airlines work. The FAA and ATC’s would have to re work the entire air space infrastructure and it would honestly be chaotic. It already is. There isn’t enough ATC’s right now. It doesn’t matter how low a flying car would actually fly, it would cause problems with emergency helicopters and all it takes is one bird to cause a flying car off course and into the ground. The idea of flying cars is rubbish to begin with. Electric, self driving cars actually makes more sense to me even tho I think it will be a while before its perfected, but Tesla is getting pretty damn close to perfecting it.

    • john1168

      What this guy said! Not to mention people driving on crappy roads, dents and dings in parking lots, driving in snow and ice. People will try to fly these things with ice on the rotors, wings, etc. Also, these vehicles will have to have intensive (read expensive) inspections at least every year to make sure it isn’t going to fall apart or crash. These flying car concepts are a terrible idea as they are being designed. A new propulsion system needs to be developed. Heck at the very least it would need to have a jet engine powering fans through ducts or something but even that would be heavy and complex. I agree, I don’t think we’ll see this in our lifetime.

      • smartacus

        General aviation needs to be made more accessible.

        • john1168

          Indeed it does. But with high maintenance costs, high fuel costs, complex inspections, safety requirements and regulations and high liability when the crap hits the fan, I’m afraid it’s becoming less accessible. Especially outside the USA.

    • smartacus

      That’s true about chaotic airspace infrastructure.
      20 years ago; i was reading in a Jeppesen textbook
      about a possible future system with airspace classifications
      encompassing each individual aircraft. And this was before Napster,
      before plug-in GPS, before Nokia phones, and before the V22 Osprey.

      Flying cars still haven’t happened because they will NEVER happen.

      • john1168

        I read recently that there’s a study being done (I think by NASA and maybe the FAA and I’m sure Amazon) to see how to integrate Amazon type drones, into the ATC low altitude system. Not sure how it will work but I would imagine they’ll do designated drone airways of some sort. One of the tricks (there will be many) will be if you have an emergency aircraft (helicopter, small plane, etc) flying in the drone corridors, will the drones give right of way? How would the drone know there’s an emergency aircraft approaching it?

        • smartacus

          yeah, i guess it will be easier for unmanned delivery drones
          to be controlled in their own low altitude system
          Even within Class B, C, or D airspace.
          if something happens to them;
          it’s just a box falling.
          Perhaps Medevacs will
          send off a sub-audible signal
          in a high frequency that only drones can hear and avoid.
          Or maybe drones will mostly just fly 50ft above existing motorways.

          • john1168

            50 feet above motorways isn’t a bad idea. And if an aircraft is having an emergency and squaking 7700 in their transponder, maybe the drones can also detect that signal and steer clear of aircraft in distress. hhmmm… I think we got this all figured out. Didn’t need the NASA/FAA/Amazon study after all… LOL 🙂

    • Knotmyrealname

      Depends how old you are now. Are you 16? Then it may well happen in your lifetime. Are you 80? Then probably not.

      • TrevP

        I am neither of those ages and I do not think we will. Prototypes? Maybe.

  • BtheKing

    Flying cars would prove too imminent a danger to Amazon’s delivery drones…

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Is he wrong? Look at what humans do with cars that DON’T fly.

    • Six_Tymes

      Yep, truth

    • LWOAP

      Pretty sure computers will do all the flying if they actually get made.

      • Auf Wiedersehen

        Like self driving cars, what’s the point?

        • LWOAP

          Transporting people to their destination and taking the unpredictable driver out of the equation?

  • Six_Tymes

    I’ve been thinking the same thing ever since i saw prototypes of large drone style transportation ideas. Let face it, the human race needs a new form of propulsion that do not include blades.

  • LWOAP

    Terminator 2 is going to happen long before we ever get flying cars. I wouldn’t worry too much about that and even if we do get flying cars I doubt they’d be using bladed rotors at that point.

  • smartacus

    he manufactures enough widowmakers
    to not worry about flying cars.
    Another one happened today.

  • Dennis James

    Well, he should know better, even his “autopilot” road cars have “guillotined” people…imagine what Tesla-built flying cars would do.

  • Maricaibo

    Someone should ask Mr. Moellar (sp?) how easy it is to develop a reliable flying car.

  • Cobrajet

    They will only replace the helicopter.

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