Monday, April 13, 2009

Sorry, Pound360 not a fan of flying cars

As much as Pound360 loves cutting edge, killer new technologies that can transform society, we think flying cars are a bad idea. They're going to be loud. Probably not fuel efficient. And dangerous. Is it just us or has 2009 already been a particularly deadly year for commercial aviation? There was the Buffalo, NY crash in February killing 49, then the Montana crash in March killing 14. And while no one died, there was the famous crash on the Hudson in January.

What we're saying is that, if the tightly regulated commercial air travel industry has a major incident once a month, what happens when the general public starts commuting to work in flying vehicles? Last year, 37,000 people died in traffic accidents in the United States. And you want to trust us in flying vehicles? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Alas, startup Terrafugia already has 40 orders for their flying car which officially hits the market in 2010 at $194,000. (
CNN Money / Fortune)

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.