As science fiction fans, most of us have been waiting a long damn time for numerous technological developments that the genre has promised, things like hoverboards, time travel, teleportation, and convenient commercial space travel.
Chief among these anticipated inventions is the flying car. Like most innovations, however, this one opens up a new world of potential hazards. Just imagine the scope of car crashes when flying cars are involved. Recently in British Columbia, Canada, an experimental prototype may have just won the dubious honor of being the first flying car to crash. Thankfully, however, no one was seriously injured, and the occupants, including pilot Ray Sebring, are expected to make a full recovery.
The vehicle is called a Maverick, and is manufactured by a Florida-based company called, shocker, Maverick LSA. It uses a parachute and propeller to fly.
According Canadian TV reporter Curtis Allen, the flight took off in Vernon, BC, near an elementary school. Sebring “crashed into the school’s fence, which may have saved his life, and came to rest a few feet away at the base of some trees.” He did, however, put his teeth through his lip.
Sebring apparently designed the vehicle for use by missionaries working in third-world countries. When trying to move through less-developed areas, and when the road comes to an end, the drivers can simply put up the shoot and take to skies until they come to another road. You could also use the Maverick to cross rivers, canyons, roads that have been washed out, and other situations where a road becomes impassible.
As we increasingly take to the air in our attempts to alleviate traffic congestion—and just to have flying cars, because how cool is that—incidents like this are something we’re going to have to learn to deal with.