I WANT MY FLYING CAR
This would be so much better than being able to use the HOV lane. San Francisco Bay Area would be a great market for this, with its awful traffic and high concentration of rich, geeky folks. (HT: Sullivan)
In fictional visions of the future they fill the skies, zipping people around in air-cushioned comfort. But flying cars have been conspicuously absent from real life.
That could change, though, with the imminent launch of the M200G, a derivative of the M200X flying saucer-shaped car demonstrated recently by Moller International of California.
The vehicle is the result of 30 years of work by Paul Moller, an aeronautical engineer who imagines a future where we will all be commuting and heading for the shops along aerial highways.
According to the company website, the M200G's rotor fans generate 150 horsepower of thrust and allow the car to hover 3m (10ft) off the ground, much like a helicopter. Dr Moller claims to have conducted hundreds of test flights already and wants to sell the M200G for around $90,000 (£45,000).He plans to put them on sale within the next few months, but it is unclear which US government department - the Federal Aviation Administration or the Department of Transportation - would be able to authorise use of a flying saucer.
P.S. : Could this be the must-have item that revives the American auto industry? Let's hope so!