davidmarver wrote:brewcrew4you wrote:If you are in a car and it breaks down, you (usually) can pull over to the side of the road. In a plane, you crash.
I'm guessing that if flying cars became commercialized, there'd be numerous backup systems that would not allow the vehicle to crash. However, the main thing that would need to be worked out, in my opinion, is auto-pilot and some sort of airway 'freeway' sort of thing.
Unfortunately, you can't engineer planes so that they "don't crash". Every year, at the EAA show in Wisconsin (a big air show, and a bunch of amateur pilots fly in) a handful of folks crash their little Cessna's all over the state trying to fly over for the show. These are people who actually have taken flying lessons, maintain their aircraft, etc. Now, if you put Joe Blow out there in a plane, who doesn't even know how to change his own oil in his car, there's a decent chance that preventative maintainance won't be properly performed. You'd end up with smoldering cane/plar carcasses everwhere.