Saturday, April 29, 2017

"Elon Musk Slices the Idea of Flying Cars with a 'Guillotine' Insult"

Via RedditThe first-ever flying car conference got underway earlier this week in Dallas, a two-day affair put on by Uber called the “Uber Elevate Summit,” which was chock-full of panels and a big prediction: By 2020 Uber will be testing out its commuter aircraft. On Friday, Elon Musk seized another opportunity to shoot down the idea before it lifts off.
“I’m in favor of flying things,” Musk told interviewer Chris Anderson during his lengthy interview at the TED 2017 conference in Vancouver, before repeating a biting joke he first made in a February Bloomberg article.

“There is a challenge with flying cars in that they’ll be quite noisy, the wind-force generated will be very high,” Musk said. “Let’s just say that if something’s flying over your head, if there are a whole bunch of flying cars all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation.”

“You don’t think to yourself, ‘well, I feel better about today,’” Musk deadpanned to laughter in the audience. “You’re thinking, ‘did they service their hubcap? Or is it going to come off and guillotine me as they’re flying past?’” (Link to more)


AllenS said...

Where are the wings?

edutcher said...

Too bad he wasn't around during WWII.

Leland said...

Thing is, it is much easier to do autonomous flying than driving. But flying cars doesn't help anyone get to Mars, so I don't expect Elon to be onboard.

ampersand said...

Bob Cummings had a flying car in a TV series he had in 1960. The Aerocar had a trailer hitched up were the wings and tail were stowed.