Peter Thiel summed up a wide-felt disappointment with the technological status quo when he quipped: "We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters." The famed investor should buck up, because we may soon be able to tweet from a taxi in the skies. Believe it or not: the technology is here. The real task is to set up the skyways across which they'll zip.
Technologists are fond of overprojecting roll-out dates. But in the case of flying cars, or "vertical take-off and landing" (VTOL) aircraft as they're known in the biz, it is no exaggeration to say they are right around the corner. Andrea O'Sullivan explores the regulatory issues that abound and potential market-friendly solutions.
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