Article by: Kyle Kim
The modern car has engines that tend to power off of fossil fuels, solar technology and other sources of energy. With varying sizes and maximum speeds, it is evident that our society has exceeded basic human expectations on suitable forms of transportation for long distances on land. New car technology even allows automobiles to run on both fossil fuels and renewable sources of energy, amounting to what we know today as Hybrid vehicles.
And just when cars have managed to escalate in forms of efficiency and speed, a new form of car has been announced from a Slovakian company AeroMobile. The AeroMobile 3.0, which is to be released in 2017, is able to both travel on land and fly at high altitudes of around 120 km/hr. This incredible innovation can transform transportation from taking long periods of time traveling on land to flying in a matter of seconds.
What made this new innovation that was plastered on the screens of “Back to the Future” become a reality? The car has a steel framework and carbon coating. The technology has been adapted through fusing basic airplane technology and car technology, allowing this futuristic vehicle to be aerodynamic.
As exciting and incredible as this invention sounds, a definite limitation is the possibility of ensuring that this car is both safe and viable for the majority of the population to use. Likewise, this product would not be available to many portions of the population due to its price exceeding a hundred thousand dollars. On top of that, some new traffic system, laws and regulations to monitor that there is no speeding and a guarantee that these cars would not fall and break apart in midair would need to be created and implemented for these flying cars.
Fortunately, these problems are not to be concerned with at the moment. The giant gap within the history of transportation technology demonstrates how much society can benefit from replacing carriages with flying cars. Juliana, a sophomore who is taking physics is “not worried about the problems that might appear,” as she believes such problems can be tackled at a later time when the technology has been fully established in the modern community. Rhea who is also a sophomore thinks that “it is a technology that may be something beyond what humans actually need.”
Although both opinions remain true, it is inevitable that society will continue to find new ways to improve its transportation and make it much more efficient. Nevertheless, it is clear that in this technological era we can expect great things in the future and look forward to more innovations that will make our daily lives easier and much more exciting.