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Chapter 50. Next-Generation Transportati... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

The future concept for the M400 Skycar is that it will have computerized flight systems that allow nonpilots to ride in the Skycar simply as passengers. The trip will be conducted using these automated flight systems, and Skycars will all travel at the same speeds in the air and at a suitable distance apart, hence increasing safety via what’s known as separation and sequencing. Government bodies such as NASA and the FAA are already looking into safe air travel systems via research programs such as the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS).

This computerized air travel may be the critical element that makes flying cars an ultimate reality. The general public won’t need to be trained as pilots, and safety will be managed with computer automation and built-in safeguards such as the equivalent of traffic lanes in the sky.


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