Flying cars have been a human dream since the first one was unveiled in 1934. The idea is that if people could buy a flying car, they would gain a whole new level of freedom. However, there are many challenges involved, including learning to fly, but a company appears to have solved the problem.
Opener, a Silicon Valley startup that has been working on the Blackfly for over a decade, steps in. We are confident that you have read articles about it on autoevolution previously, and it has now reached a new milestone, the first "press test drive."
While it may not appear to be as impressive at first glance, CBS correspondent John Blackstone demonstrated that someone without flight training could safely take off, fly the vehicle without assistance, and safely land.
It's worth noting that the vehicle's creator has created a simulator to teach people how to fly this creation safely, and that the CBS correspondent received simulator training before attempting to fly the real-life prototype.
Despite the fact that it cannot function as a conventional automobile, the inventor of this vehicle, which we prefer to call a flying car, claims that just minutes of training would be enough for someone to learn how to fly his creation.
The Opener Blackfly is classified as a "ultralight aircraft" under current FAA regulations, which means it does not require a pilot's license to fly. Furthermore, the vehicle will be equipped with an autonomous flying mode, allowing it to operate with a human as a passenger rather than a pilot. However, the latter is still in the works.
It is important to note that current FAA regulations do not allow ultralight aircraft to fly at night or over urban areas, so this creation is only useful for recreational purposes until the rules are changed to allow people to use these things over urban areas.
Reading the preceding paragraph again leads us to believe that it will be more likely to see autonomous cars fully covered by law and on the road before people will be allowed to fly these ultralight aircraft over urban areas and even at night without a pilot's license. Who knows, perhaps we're wrong and it'll be the other way around.
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