Why don’t we have flying cars? | John Preston and Ben Waterson

Why don’t we have flying cars? | John Preston and Ben Waterson
In Back to the Future we had flying cars by 21 October 2015, but our transport still harks back to the last century. And that’s because it’s about people

Flying cars in The Jetsons and Back to the Future, or Star Trek’s spaceships and teleportation, may have captured the imagination decades ago, but most current methods of transport have been around a long time. Railways were being rolled out rapidly from the 1830s, while the commercial breakthroughs in petrol and diesel engines date to 1876 and 1892 respectively. Even the jet engine that made mass aviation possible can be traced back to Frank Whittle’s first patent in 1932.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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