Investors sought to help build flying cars
— By Charlie Osborne on November 19, 2013, 12:49 AM PST
Dr. Paul Moller and his Moller Sky Car have been around forever and it seems to have become a cash cow for him. There never seems to be any progress - regardless of investments. Now he's got China investing. Oh great, just what we need, more haters of Americans thanks to scams like the skycar:
TWTR is a successful scam, why not FLCR?
NFLX, AMZN, ENRN ... income, earnings, products ... none of these things are really necessary, just buzzwords and underwriting.
There is one born every minute ...
It was a dumb idea in the '50s and always will be. Ever driven with the population of poorly-trained, inconsiderate, distracted drivers that have a planet holding them up?
Flying cars are so old-school.
It's time to build saucers...
$10,000? I think that's a typo. The real price is at least 10x that.
Although a cool fantasy, the market for these is going to remain a relatively narrow niche. The unfortunate reality is that most of the attributes that make for a good airplane and a good automobile are mutually exclusive. I'd be very nervous driving one of these on the road from both a safety and expense of repair perspective. (Your typical bumper-ding encounter has entirely different implications when it comes to an airframe and what would be both practically and legally required to be airworthy again) And there are too many compromises in making this roadworthy to make it a particularly good airplane.
Very limited market - also, should only be allowed if zero CO2 i.e. running on biofuel or other non fossil.
I'd take a look at the torrid history of Floating cars, Gibbs Aquada for example, and probably call it a day, before you consider the compounding issues of air traffic control, homeland security, pilot licenses, insurance etc to flying cars.
@edrule , he trots this thing out every 4 or 5 years for the latest generation of reporters who've never seen it before, think it's cool, and just don't know any better. Then he and his sky car quietly disappear for another 4 or 5 years. Other than bouncing around while tethered, it's done nothing. I am impressed that he's supposedly collected and spent $200-million on this. But it's also worth noting that Burt Rutan actually put a man into space for roughly 1/10th of that amount.
@JohnMcGrew $10K is not the price to buy. It's the price of a reservation. To be in line to buy.
@Stuart21 , most biofuels are a no-go in aviation. Ethanol is largely water, which can separate from the fuel and freeze in fuel lines.
@Stuart21 s I understand it, you wish to scrap almost all existing means of transportation and similar commerce unless run by bio fuel which is extremely contaminating from start of destructive land usage, processing, to finish, possibly even more than conventional fuel??