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Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?
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Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

(OP)
Uber isn't letting the adversity of bad public relations stop it from advancing its goal of disrupting the transportation industry. Only two or three months after an Arizona lady was killed by its autonomous vehicle, the organization has recently discharged plan models for its fleet of "flying cars," which it says will fly you around urban areas. The flying cars hopes for the aircraft to fly unmanned eventually.
https://youtu.be/-XFbyWAUwp4
How safe is it going to be?

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

Not.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

JJames23,

How quiet are these things going to be when they hover over my back yard? What sort of privacy will we all have, sitting on our properties.

One of the nice things about cars is that they are confined to an official right of way. Outside that right of way, there is minimal chance of a collision with a car. If any car breaks down, it sits on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. If a Volantor breaks down, the good news is that they actually don't seem to fly.

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JHG

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

A fleet of autonomous vehicles flying around and over heavily populated areas - what could possibly go wrong?

http://julianh72.blogspot.com

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

Thankfully, the "uploader" has not made the video available where I am. I hope that applies to the idea as well.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

...once they get the 'bugs' out. A couple of anecdotes... coming into an airport in Saskatchewan, a gust of wind nearly tossed the single engine plane. Another landing, the pilot overshot the runway and stopped about 100 yards from a rock outcrop. Another one, the autopilot 'kicked out' and we dropped 1000'. Another, the bushpilot tightened up his seat belt and I asked what was up; he said there was a line of thunderstorms down the lake. Never had a rougher flight. And yet another, the co-pilot madly cranked the landing gear down because there was no indicator that the gear was down... all could be accommodated by Uber?

Dik

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

I think the viability of any of the autonomous vehicles, flying or not, rests with the ability of manufacturers and operators to maintain liability insurance. Today, I can't imagine an established insurance conglomerate would assume the risk without charging prohibitive premiums.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

Glad you are the first person ever to figure out that insurance of AVs needs a bit of a think. I'm sure the next few phone calls you get will be from potential AV manufacturers asking your advice.

Cheers

Greg Locock


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RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

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Thanks for you input, though I think somehow you left out a reference to 'Captain Obvious'.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

"A fleet of autonomous vehicles flying around and over heavily populated areas - what could possibly go wrong?"

Nothing, of course! They will be perfect before they are allowed to fly, just like their autonomous cars...whoops, never mind.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

There have been promises of "flying cars" just around the corner for 50 years. The problem is they are always lousy cars, lousy planes and way too expensive. So I'm not too concerned about autonomous flying cars hovering over my back yard any time soon.

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RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

4 riders making the same trip? Oh, spare me :)

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

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3-D Printed Self-Driving Fusion-Powered Flying Cars financed by the Block Chain

I installed an 'Anti-Hype Filter' on my browser and pretty much the entire Internet disappeared.

smile

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

It is a helicopter.....

I think a real 'flying car' would be as useful as a boat that can be driven on land/ car that can be driven on water.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

You mean like the DUKW tour buses that are rapidly building a worldwide reputation for exciting submarine excursions.

A.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

This thread begs the question, was there ever any multi-mode vehicle that could perform any task half-decently and cost-effectively, excepting its own, narrow mission profileponder

"Schiefgehen wird, was schiefgehen kann" - das Murphygesetz

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

"Begs the question" = Uses a claim as evidence for itself.
Example: "Left-handed people are better painters because right-handed people can't paint as well."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question

"Raises the question" is used for cases where a problem is identified within an argument.

The better question is why do airports prevent taxis from using taxi ways? And then make passengers walk on jet ways?

Since 'car' descends from 'carriage' and these will carry people while flying, then they are flying cars. Since they are from Uber I expect they still won't be allowed on taxi ways.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

"The better question is why do airports prevent taxis from using taxi ways? And then make passengers walk on jet ways?"

And why do we park in driveways and drive on parkways?

We're deep into the weeds now...

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

HotRod10,

You should visit Toronto, Canada sometime. The Don Valley Parkway is sometimes referred to as the Don Valley Parking Lot.

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JHG

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

drawoh... I worked in Toronto for about 30 years... half the time, used to commute from Oshawa to Toronto... know all about the Parking Lot... There used to be some really good examples of bridge types on the Don Valley... about a dozen different styles.

Dik

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"You should visit Toronto, Canada sometime."

To experience parking on a parkway? Been there; done that; not interested in repeating the experience. There are several places I'd like to visit up there, though, including Toronto.

The saying doesn't always hold true the other way, either. We've got some driveways out here measured in miles.

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

Nearly lived in the Toronto airport in April of 2017. If the layovers would've been any longer, I could have taken that damned expensive train downtown or gone to the CN Tower to kill some time. I guess if there would have been an Uber flying car option, I might have tried it!

It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

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3-D Printed Self-Driving Fusion-Powered Flying Cars financed by the Block Chain

I installed an 'Anti-Hype Filter' on my browser and pretty much the entire Internet disappeared.

Ohh, I want both of those! thumbsup

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RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

ornerynorsk: made 65 flights from Toronto to Regina and return, one year... know what it's like.

Dik

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

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"Begs the question" = Uses a claim as evidence for itself.
Example: "Left-handed people are better painters because right-handed people can't paint as well."
Ah, thank-you. Always striving to improve my English.cheers

"Schiefgehen wird, was schiefgehen kann" - das Murphygesetz

RE: Uber Flying cars - How safe is it?

You know those stories about a guy who wants to kill himself so his family can collect his life insurance but he can't make it look like a suicide. Well, I think I have found how it can be done.

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