Freedom: New Hampshire Legalizes Flying Cars

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
freedom new hampshire legalizes flying cars

Last week, New Hampshire became the first state to grant flying cars access to public roadways, despite the fact that they don’t currently exist.

That said, House Bill 1182 only references “roadable aircraft,” with an aim to establish a commission to study the on-road usage of non-traditional motor vehicles. While flying cars remain anchored to our collective imagination, airplanes that can be rigged to drive on public roads technically already exist.

New Hampshire is just attempting to give them some leeway via the bill while also slipping in some new laws making it easier to revoke licenses if someone ever refuses to take a blood test, as well as withholding motor vehicle registration renewal privileges to anybody found driving in a “manner that evades toll collection.” There are also numerous revisions to construction projects related to tolling within the state. You didn’t think Bill 1182 would just be about establishing inspection and registration requirements for flying cars, did you?


Despite the futuristic flying car stuff being stated as the bill’s primary focus, there are numerous of side programs that seem unrelated. This is fairly commonplace among modern-day lawmaking, even if it makes you feel like public officials are constantly running a scam on the people they’re supposed to serve. Whatever. Flying automobiles can finally have their day on the East Coast!

Shared by CNET, House Bill 1182 sets some guidelines for road-going aircraft and gives them permission to putter about on public roads. However, these rules do not include an expressway liftoff. These vehicles will still need to drive themselves to the airport to leave the ground, which is undoubtedly a good idea, considering all existing air-car concepts require wings be folded out prior to takeoff. Drivers in other lanes certainly wouldn’t appreciate that, and there’s always a chance of encountering an obstruction (overpass, power lines, etc.) as one makes for the sky.

Either way, we don’t see this getting us any closer to a world where passenger vehicles can be driven aloft as a way to avoid traffic. If anything, those living in the state with the best motto to ever grace a license plate will just have an opportunity to see wealthy individuals motoring their PAL-V to the airport… once it’s out of the prototype phase and production models begin delivery, that is.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 04, 2020

    The future of flying SUV's (cars are dead remember) is not up in the sky, it is floating just off the surface of the pavement, taking advantage of ground effect. This will enable the hyper-wealthy to avoid being jostled by bumps in the road *and* not have to pretend to pay to have the roads maintained or repaired. The proles will drive on the Interstate Highway moonscape uninsulated from all the craters. Sidewall may make a comeback. And we will understand what the owners of all the lifted trucks on monster tires were preparing for.

  • Dmulyadi Dmulyadi on Aug 05, 2020

    Wow that's crazy!!! Guess there are some rich folks who already ordered those cars in that state.

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