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Air Taxis Will Solve Urban Gridlock

Autonomous Air Taxis deeply improve cross-town urban mobility. Quiet, safe, fast (150 mph) affordable. Skyport networks. No more gridlock!

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More than 20 companies are making them now. Does Ford have an Air Taxi plan? If not, it's missing out on the biggest urban mobility acceleration that humanity will ever see. Today's versions are already quiet, safe, travel at 150mph, can seat five passengers, have 12+ rotors (triply electrically redundant), whole drone parachutes, even internal airbags. These are the only solution that can handle increasing urban densities. Autonomous cars will NOT solve gridlock, as people will just drive more, and they can only triple road capacities, at best. Air Taxis will solve gridlock permanently, and we'll have droneport networks (airports, parking garage rooftops, the tops of 4+ story buildings) that will allow us to take off and land from virtually anywhere, making them far more point-to-point than any other viable solution. At 150mph, downtown Ann Arbor to Corktown will be 15 minutes. Think of all the opportunities people will have to come to Detroit, and to get out to the wider region, when these things arrive. Testing for them is already underway by 20+ companies in five countries, including America. Again, is Ford on board with this obvious mobility future?

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In Arthur C. Clarke's 1951 science fiction story "The Road to Sea", Clarke predicts the end of the great cities. First electronic communication (Internet) means that cities are not needed for commercial or social activity. The future has a device called the "integrator" (Star Trek's Replicator ) that makes all the material things needed to support civilization, so factories are no longer needed. Finally universal air travel means roads are no longer needed. For some time after the economic need for cities no longer exists, people continue to build them while the urban culture fades. In the end people do not remember why they continue to build cities, and they return to a modern version of the rural life that existed before the dawn of civilization.

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