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Vision of the Future Includes Flying Cars

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While sci-fi movies and books have long envisioned a future with flying cars, personal air vehicles are still more dream than reality. Even with the many technological advancements our generation has seen, however, cars still remain fully grounded, with drivers forced to deal with increasing traffic congestion in many major metropolitan areas.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Associate Professor Missy Cummings believes the near future will see consumers owning a vehicle that is part plane and part car. This will happen thanks to technology that merges the much-buzzed-about drone with a robotic car to give drivers the ability to transition from one to another seamlessly. As a result, though, Cummings believes consumers will be left with a vehicle that is neither car nor plane completely, but a computerized version of the transportation we have today.

Cummings believes it is necessary for vehicles to rely on computers due to the natural human delay in responding to obstacles in the road and in the air. The lag is only half a second, but the MIT associate professor believes that half second can mean the difference between life and death. By relying on computers, transportation will become safer both when traveling on the ground and well above it.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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