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Flying Car Is Coming and EU's Bureaucrats Will Be Ready for It

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 10:27 AM

Flying car prototypes are a dime a dozen these days, so instead of building another one, the European Union has convened six research institutes from across the continent for the myCopter project, which seeks to address issues and challenges surrounding the future of commuter aviation.

"There's no intention with this project to actually build the system," said Dr. Heinrich H. Bülthoff, one of the project's lead researchers, according to CNN. His past work on the subject includes a 2007 EU report called "Out of the Box: Ideas About the Future of Air Transport."

"[The EU] said to us 'please, not another proposal for a flying vehicle' – we have received so many – there are so many other issues to address," he said.

Among the goals of the four-year project is to figure out aerial "roadway" systems for personal aviation vehicles (PAVs). These virtual corridors would likely need to be set up according to the latest swarm technology, for instance, to keep aerial vehicles from crashing into each other. Also of concern is creating landing protocols that don't need manual guidance from air traffic controllers.

"If you want to make a flying car it should be for everybody, but you can't make every car driver into a pilot," he said. "The idea is to fly in uncontrolled airspace without interfering with all the other aircraft."

Bülthoff's institute is chiefly concerned with figuring out how to simplify the interface aerial drivers will use to pilot their flying cars. Most planes today have a dizzying array of dials, switches, and other tools used for takeoff, mid-flight, and landing, and his organization seeks to simplify that design for mass consumer use.

"For more than 100 years cars have used the steering wheel. It was a good idea for cars, but if you make the transition to the air why should a driver learn something completely new?" he said.

After seeing Google's work on driverless cars that guide themselves, Bülthoff said that a steering system might not even be necessary, as a computer might be able to eventually handle literally all of the piloting.

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Flying cars prototypes are a dime a dozen these days, so instead of build another one, the European Union has convened six research institutes from across the continent for the myCopter project, which seeks to address issues and challenges surrounding the future of commuter aviation.
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