Japan Looking to ‘Flying Cars’ as Next Level of Autonomous Transportation
TOKYO, JAPAN – September 18, 2018 (macon.com) An online article at macon.com discusses Japan’s latest efforts at building “flying cars,” which the country hopes will become the next phase of mainstream autonomous transportation.*
With drones and self-driving cars both picking up major speed across the world, Japan’s government has started investing in creating “electrical vertical takeoff and landing” aircraft (EVtol). While the vehicles are referred to as “flying cars,” the most recent prototypes look less like traditional cars and more like large drones. Japan sees EVtol aircraft as the cheaper, quieter alternative to helicopter travel and the faster, more convenient alternative to self-driving cars on the road.
Drone company Ehang, Chinese car manufacturer Geely, Volkswagen AG, and even Google have recently invested in EVtol aircraft technology, signaling that while the concept seems extremely futuristic right now, working prototypes might not be too far down the line. Japan’s goal is to have an EVtol aircraft carry someone to light the torch at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
And while many cutting-edge technology developers are excited about the idea, flying cars still have serious critics. Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk, for example, says that drone-style cars are untenable. Existing drones already blow out a lot of air, he said, so anything heavier is not practical. “If you want a flying car, just put wheels on a helicopter,” Musk said during an interview. “Your neighbors are not going to be happy if you land a flying car in your backyard or on your rooftop.”
Whether this latest idea in autonomous transportation really takes off remains to be seen.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
17 Executive Park Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Telephone: 1 (800) LAW-NEED
Telephone: 1 (404) 529-6333