Friday, November 18, 2005

Three Dimensional Mobility

Moller International has developed the first and only feasible, personally affordable, personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle the world has ever seen.

"Paul Moller has spent 40 years and $50 million building the L.A. commuter's dream car." -Los Angeles Times Magazine
No matter how you look at it the automobile is only an interim step on our evolutionary path to independence from gravity. That's all it will ever be.

Take the most technologically advanced automobile, the Ferrari, Porsche, Maserati, Lamborgini, or the more affordable Acura, Accord, or the like. Manufacturers of these cars tout the new and greatly improved "aerodynamics" of their cars. Those in the aerospace industry have been dealing with aerodynamics from the beginning. The auto industry boasts about "advanced engineering" like aerodynamics, performance tuned wide track suspensions, electronic ignition and fuel injection systems, computer controllers, etc.

Advanced engineering in automobiles is like "War": What is it good for? What good does all of this "advanced engineering" do for you when the speed limit is around 60 MPH and you are stuck on "parking lots" called freeways anyway?

The modern world is demanding some kind of flying machine that will replace the automobile. Of course, this machine would have to be capable of VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing), be easy to maintain, cost effective and reliable. Well, the good people at Moller International may have come up with the solution. That solution is the "volantor" named M400 Skycar.
Volantor Definition: Vo - lan - tor (vo-lan'ter) n. A vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that is capable of flying in a quick, nimble, and agile manner. --intr. & tr.v. -tored, -toring, tors. To go or carry by volantor. [Lat. volare, to fly. Fr. volant, to move in a nimble and agile manner ]
Just imagine this scenario: From your garage to your destination, the M400 Skycar can cruise comfortably at 275 MPH (maximum speed of 375 MPH) and achieve up to 20 miles per gallon on clean burning, ethanol fuel. No traffic, no red lights, no speeding tickets. Just quiet direct transportation from point A to point B in a fraction of the time.

Note from Technophile: We're talking three dimensional mobility in place of two dimensional immobility! The price for such mobility: $500,000 (though it is expected to drop as production increases "substantially" to $60,000 to $80,000).


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