Why Yes...Tesla Can Do A Flying Car

Why Yes...Tesla Can Do A Flying Car

Elon Musk, the California entrepreneur who heads Tesla Motors and rocket builder SpaceX, wants to combine aspects of each by developing a car that can fly.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

Musk had stated to the Independent, a British newspaper at an interview during the rollout of the recently available right hand drive Model S to the UK:

“We could definitely make a flying car, but that's not the hard part. The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that's super safe and quiet? Because if it's a howler, you're going to make people very unhappy.”

Musk isn't the only one in the business of trying to produce flying cars.

Terrafugia presented the idea of a 2-seat aircraft with foldable wings that can drive on roads as well, which it calls a "Street-Legal Airplane." It is currently undergoing test flights.

For over a century, aviators and engineers have attempted the flying car concept.

In 1917, an American aviation pioneer named Glenn Curtiss designed the aluminum Autoplane. His design was only capable of short leaps, though he is credited as the inventor of the flying car quite often.

Two years ago, Alan Mually called the flying car a "bad idea." Mulally was head of Boeing's commercial aircraft operations before his career at Ford, so you'd think his knowledge of both aircraft and automobiles would put him in a position to offer a logical comments on the flying car topic.

If this flying car doesn't work out, then Elon Musk has another idea he'd like to pursue: a vehicle that turns into a submarine.

Space X

Space X

Source: LA Times