Elon Musk’s Vision of The Future Doesn’t Include Flying Cars

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You’d think that a guy like Elon Musk would be all about embracing the future, including flying cars, but you’d be wrong. Tesla’s CEO said he doesn’t think the whole thing is such a good idea and he has some pretty good reasons.

It seems a little counter intuitive coming from the guy who builds high-tech electric cars, has plans for Iron Man-like suits, is the CEO of SpaceX, and wants us to go to Mars, but Musk firmly draws the line at flying cars. The problem, you see, is that the things could fall on your head.

Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Musk was quoted in The Verge saying, “If the sky was full of cars flying all over the place, it would affect how things look. It would affect the skyline. And it would be noisier and there would be a greater probability of something falling on your head. Those are not good things.”

No, a messy skyline and cars falling on your head would not be good things, especially that last bit. We might have planes all over the place, but when you really think about the prospect of the average rush hour happening above your head, it’s a little terrifying. Considering not a day goes by that there isn’t at least one accident during rush hour, it’d be a given that stuff would be falling on your head.

Musk is still up for plenty of adventure though, just of the non-flying car variety. He went on to say, “… we need things in life that are exciting and inspiring. It can’t just be about solving some awful problem. There have to be reasons to get up in the morning.”

Today’s reason would be the unveiling of the Tesla D, which is definitely not a flying car, but still sure to be big news. Here’s Musk at the Vanity Fair event talking about the D and “another thing” that Tesla has up its electrically-charged sleeve.