If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably dreamed of what life will be like once we finally get to the technological age of flying cars. Faster, more enjoyable commutes for one thing, plus, you’d get to feel like a Star Wars character flying around on the planet Coruscant. TV shows like The Jetsons have given us visions of flying automobiles for years, and as our technology has advanced further and further we have been waiting impatiently for the day to finally arrive. That day may very well be here as early (or late, depending on how you look at it) as next year, and it comes from a perhaps not-so-surprising source.
As usual, our futuristic cars seem to be coming out of the Tesla company. Already offering us cutting-edge technology on our daily commute vehicles, the company is veering towards even more futuristic advancements. The new Tesla Roadster has been advertised as having a variety of impressive technologies available, with a base-level of accelerating from 0-60mph in less than two seconds, and a much farther driving range (a bold estimate of over 620 miles) which would allow drivers to go much farther on a single charge of their car. Additionally, the Roadster is said to have a special SpaceX package that would include cold air thrusters, which CEO Elon Musk says function essentially like small rocket engines. This certainly won’t be anything like your average car.
Future in flight
The cold air thrusters, Musk says, would improve a lot of things about the vehicle, from top speeds and acceleration to braking and taking corners. But that’s not the only improvement with the car. Musk claims that with the SpaceX package, the Tesla Roadster might even be able to take its driving off-road; that is, into the air. He says that this car, in addition to all its other tricks, might be able to fly and hover off the ground.
With the possibility of flying cars so tantalizingly close, many of us are likely waiting on the edge of our seats for the Roadster to finally make it to the roads. But the flying and hovering technologies have not actually been tested yet, so for now, we’re still operating in hypotheticals (albeit, hypotheticals that are regarded with pretty confident certainty from the Tesla CEO).
If not now, when, then, will we be getting our flying cars? The timeline was originally much faster, with Musk first claiming that Roadster production would begin in 2020. Now, however, that’s changed. In a recent Tweet, Musk admitted that the field tests for the hovering Roadster vehicles ‘might’ be happening at the end of next year. If the tests aren’t even on their way until the end of 2020, production definitely won’t be happening until at least 2021, at the earliest. Maybe even later if something goes wrong during the testing phase (which, let’s face it, it probably will).
Looking on the bright side, however, flying cars are still a whole lot closer than most of us likely thought possible. Musk has admitted that the timeline for getting the Roadster (and all it’s flying capabilities) out on the road isn’t a priority for the Tesla company at the moment, and while that may be disappointing to those of us who want to start living our Jetson lives as soon as possible, it’s a sign that we’ll just need to be a bit more patient for the cars to roll out. It might not be an urgent priority for Musk, but flying cars are coming, and we’ll likely see them sooner rather than later. Get ready for them.