By on August 3, 2020

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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17 Comments on “Freedom: New Hampshire Legalizes Flying Cars...”

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    This is very #2020. The Moller Sky Car in particular, but any and all roadable airplanes/flying cars masquerading as serious transportation, are all a punchlines in the aviation world even more than they are in the automotive world.

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    George Jetson approves.

    Me, I’m staying out of NH so I don’t get hit from above.

  • avatar

    Look at all the cheap plastic on that 90s dashboard. Is this the base model?

  • avatar

    Well, here comes the Jetsons! Wah Hoo!

  • avatar

    Somebody’s Dreamin’: “Out of work bartender Millennial flies his Penalty / Econobox above Chinese City.” That should be the headline.

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    Roads? Where we’re going, you don’t need roads.

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    No,No. Not to worry about things crashing into you from above. At long last, we’re going to turn interstates into well-paved autobahns(sorry, Germany-someone had to point the finger at your roadway infrastructure), starting in New Hampshire. Move over, lowly 850i, my Bugatti jellybean needs to stretch its legs a few hundred miles. And I always thought until now that Nevada would be get the nod first. But think. Manchester to Montreal in 45 minutes, and all that without a TSA line. Oh, wait! What about Quebec?…Darn. Oh well-never mind.

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      @snakebit: I don’t know, the TSA lines at MHT probably take less time than it does to pre-flight the airplane (or flying car). I’d especially want to pre-flight something that had been driven on the road or god-forbid parked in a Walmart parking lot. To be perfectly honest, anything that I’m going to be flying I would never want to be exposed to potential damage from road debris or members of the public. The car for the road and the plane safely at the airport for flying.

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    There never will be flying cars, if the lift comes from pushing air down.

    A Robinson R22 is one of the smallest and lightest helicopters in existence. Empty weight 900 pounds, two seater. Rotor diameter is 25 feet. Everyone is familiar with how windy helicopters are; do you really think anyone is going to put up with that much wind anywhere near ground level for a flying car? No owner will come near his house like that. No business is going to want those things in a parking lot. No city would put up with them on streets.

    The only way to shrink that 25 foot diameter downdraft circle is to move their air faster, and that’s not going to happen either.

    Air-supported flying cars are simply impossible.

    Roadable airplanes may be practical, even if not cheap.

    Maybe someone will invent flying cars which levitate against the earth’s magnetic field or something else not yet invented. But not air-driven.

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    I believe in China they are already working on flying cars. The only problem is that Chinese Government requires any car to use only electric propulsion methods. US as usual is behind, busy with self destruction.

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    You did not title this “Live free or fly”.

    I am so very disappointed. :(

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    Jarred Fitzgerald

    Okay, now THIS is news! All that’s missing are the flying cars.

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    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.

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

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