PHOTO CAPTION: Terra Fugia 'flying car' in flight runs on fossil fuels.

In the Future, All Cars Are Electric, Some Will Fly

Brad Feld shares the musings of science fiction writer William Hertling on the future of mobility, circa 2030, one that includes electric vehicles, hyperloops, and finally cars... finally.

Published: 21-Jan-2014

William Hertling is one of my favorite science fiction writers. If you are in the tech industry and haven’t read his books Avogadro Corp, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall, I encourage you to go get them now on your Kindle and get after it. You’ll thank me later. In the mean time, following are William’s thoughts on the future of transportation for you to chew on this Sunday morning.

There’s always been a sweet spot in my heart for flying cars. I’m a child of the 1970s, who was routinely promised flying cars in the future, and wrote school essays about what life would be like in the year 2000. Flying cars are a trope of science fiction, always promised, but never delivered in real life. In fact, at first glance, they seem no closer to reality now than they did back then.

But maybe they’re not so far away. Let’s look at some trends in transportation.


Laminar 3 being tested in virtual wind tunnel.

Designers from the around the world are constantly coming up with an amazing array of future vehicle designs. Here are four more of them.

Euro City in PostFossil Society as envisaged by Daimler AG’s Society and Technology Research Group.

Instructive illustration captures vision of a European city in 2030 where 'the age of automobiles competing with public transportation in urban centers is coming to the end of the road.'

Toyota FV2 reads the emotions of the driver.

Cars that read your thoughts and display your emotional state aren't science fiction, but experimental realities.


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