By Matt Wahl
The new millennium sucks. Would you like to know why? Just go back and look at all of the awesome inventions that we were supposed to have by now: the invisibility cloak, cloning, food in a pill, laser vision, x-ray goggles, time machines…the list is endless. When is someone finally going to invent something that looks like it belongs in the year 2010?! The answer is the United States Department of Defense. And the invention is the flying car.
We’ve all seen them in the Jetsons (even if you won’t admit you watched that ridiculous cartoon). The flying car has been a staple of the future for years! Calling their project “Transformer,” the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has issued an open proposal to companies who will be willing to develop a vehicle that essentially can be described as a flying Humvee.
Right now, the leader in the clubhouse is Lockheed Martin, who is planning on propelling their cars essentially by using giant fans.
All of this research is good for the military and everything, but when will the average person be able to drive their giant flying SUV to work?
There has been a noticeable trend over the last 100 years that military technology has slowly become more and more available to the general public. Although it might still be a few decades before we can all drive flying Humvees (DARPA wants a military version perfected by 2015), it might be realistic to see yourself flying over rivers instead of crossing bridges in the next 30 years.