The world’s first flying car conference took place last week in Dallas. Hosted by Uber, the conference included demos, videos and speculations about the future of flying technology.
Among the highlights was Uber’s claim to bring its flying taxi service, which is well into the testing phase, to both Dallas and Dubai by 2020. Keep in mind these aren’t your typical futuristic-looking flying cars. At this stage, they look more like an oversized drone with a person (or two) sitting up top, rather than a hovering Toyota hybrid.
But as talk continues to swirl on flying technology and how it’s destined to be the next big thing, not everyone is on board.
Speaking at a TED conference last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his main concerns with flying cars is that they’re loud, generate a ton of wind resistance, and, well, they’re also scary. “There’s a challenge of flying cars in that they’ll be quite noisy. If something’s flying over your head, a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation,” Musk said. “You’ll be thinking, ‘Did they service their hubcap, or is it going to come off and guillotine me?'”
While companies like Uber and Google continue to look toward the sky for new technology, Musk is looking underground. Tesla’s new interconnected tunnel network, which was also discussed during the TED talk, looks to reduce city traffic by creating trolleys that move cars underground and allow them to resurface at various access points.
The newest venture, dubbed The Boring Company, released a teaser video last week.
You can check out some of the highlights from Uber’s conference here.