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Ladies and gentleman, it looks like we are finally getting one of the contraptions Back to the Future II promised we would have by now and it’s even better than a hoverboard that can actually fly. That’s right, we’re finally getting flying cars. Hooray!

According to tech expert Avery Swartz, several companies around the world are developing flying cars (which seem to be more like personal helicopters or planes) that you might actually be able to buy in the next few years. You probably won’t be rolling out the flying car to run out to the grocery store but Swartz says they’ll be perfect for commutes or long “road” trips.

Pal-V flying car
Pal-V

There are different styles and models in development now with intentions of hitting the market in the next two to five years. Some are even available for pre-order if you happen to have a spare 1.2 million euro (about $1.8 million CAD) lying around (although, that’s a lot less than we expected).

You might be wondering: we’ve had airplanes forever, why did it take us so long to get flying cars? Swartz explains that the real key to the flying car is vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology. We can’t all have runways in our backyards for our cars to take off from, so we needed to perfect the ability to achieve flight without one.

As cool as all this seems, there’s likely going to be some resistance to this new technology. In fact, studies show that humans’ abilities to create technology are outpacing our ability to adopt it (and create policy around it). So although these babies will be available in the next few years, don’t assume we’re all going to be driving in the sky by 2030 (but that would be pretty cool).

It’s just nice to know we’ve finally achieved one of those milestones that many thought we would hit by the year 2000. It puts us that much closer to the world of Star Trek. Replicator-made Earl Grey, anyone?

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