Elon Musk thinks flying cars are dumb

Cult classic film “Back to the Future” features a flying, time-traveling car. Photo credit: Rebecca Roth/NASA Image and Video Library

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The SupercarBlondie automotive entertainment website reports that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, thinks flying cars are a dumb idea. But he’s not the only big name talking about flying cars. Donald Trump, former president and 2024 Republican presidential candidate, said he supports flying car development in a 2023 campaign video. 

Musk told Bloomberg that it’s difficult for him to imagine flying cars as a scalable and safe form of transportation. He adds that flying cars will be a noisy hazard rather than a convenient mode of getting from one place to the next. In this case, I find myself in rare agreement with Musk. The potential danger of flying cars, including noise pollution, makes them an impractical idea. 

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