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Yeah but between my alcohol tolerance and my sober desire to fly everything, that means I’d probably end up in it!That thing is the perfect drinking game for pilots. First a group of pilots acquire it, then begin drinking, last pilot standing is first to try and fly it!
What you are describing is not a flying car, it is a flying taxi. That is a big difference. I do not think there is much of a desire for a flying taxi. All the discussion about a flying car is about the ability to go where you want, when you want in a personally owned vehicle. How often have you been in your car stuck in traffic and said "I wish I were in a taxi paying by the minute"?An roadable aircraft, certified for road and air operations is a big compromise. It will never drive or fly effectively as the engineering requirements are opposite. Most likely it will be outperformed by a Honda civic or a Cessna 172 in driving and respectively flying modes.
A "flying car" does not necessarily need to be roadable, but to replace the current usage of the car. For that, a lot of things need to happen, not only from engineering point of view, safety, noise, public acceptance, and now I think the biggest challenge is legality to fly from your backyard to the local grocery store.
What UBER proposes, with a network of hub-vertiports, in order to to go from A to B, you'll need to change 3-4 modes of transports. I think mostly that would be a waste of time and effort. It would be much more time effective to have personal flying aircraft, taking you directly from A to B. For this approach, a 1-2 person VTOL aircraft makes much more sense, commuting occupancy is 1-2 people anyway(it was before Covid-19), engineering is less demanding, safety more reasonable, energy expenditure is less. For this to work, mini-vertipads would need to be installed everywhere, from drive-ways, communities, shopping malls, places of work, etc. They could be inexpensive, a little more than a patch of grass or a square on a parking lot, having an electronic guidance system to help or automatically land an aircraft in poor visibility. Such a guidance system would be affordable, technically not more than a smart-phone.
Nobody would need to develop purposefully a network of vertiports, the users will install them themselves, as well as the business that are willing to attract the "new flying wave" of customers, maybe similar to installing charging spots for electric cars.
Such vehicles will not need to be driven on roads, as virtually every parking lot of interest has a mini-vertiport, at most the vehicle needs to "taxi" to the parking spot. If autonomous, event the parking spots are not needed, after dropping passengers off, the aircraft flying for the next ride-share, or to the charging station.