Technology has surpassed every geographical constraint. With the debut of flying cars, also known as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOLs) enhanced sustainability in mobility is expected.
According to a study from the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems and Ford Motor Co. VTOLs are likely to play an effective role in fostering sustainable mobility.
VTOLs or flying cars offer the comfort of landing and vertical takeoff technology of helicopters and aerodynamic efficiency of airplanes. Thus, combined with these competent features VTOLs have a promising effect on the sustainability of long haul journeys.
As per the study published in Nature Communications, these flying vehicles could deliver a substantial impact on ensuring sustainability in transportation. Considering the fact, several companies are already working on developing prototypes for VTOLs.
The concept of flying cars would prove beneficial especially for areas where congestion is an issue and transportation is restricted due to geographical limitations.
When compared with ground-based cars fully loaded VTOLs have the capability to outperform. In certain scenarios, they are highly competitive with respect to energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission. Also, they are able to save considerable time in journeys. VTOLs are zero-emission planes and operate through battery stored power.
The study unveiled that VTOLs are likely to generate 52 percent lesser emission than conventional gasoline vehicles and 6 percent lesser than battery electric vehicles. Thus, from the findings, it is evident that VTOLs can provide a better opportunity to achieve harmony between sustainability and mobility.
Apart from delivering emission benefits on higher passenger occupancy, it supports better economic development for flying cars. Additionally, on ride-sharing consumers can be encouraged by providing incentives while saving time by flying rather than driving.
Thus, automated driving combined with vehicle electrification could revolutionize the aerospace industry. It could effectively overcome the existing challenges of the global transportation industry.