Queensland told to get ready for flying cars

Shark Tank star Steve Baxter has told the Myriad Festival in Brisbane that flying cars will happen and could be in Australia within a decade.

Mr Baxter, Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur, recently attended the Uber Elevate Summit where it was discussed that flying cars would be in Los Angeles by 2023.

Steve Baxter says flying cars are like an upscale drone.

Steve Baxter says flying cars are like an upscale drone.

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“Get over it, it’s happening,” he said.

“The question is, do we have them one year after LA or 10 years after LA.

“How long does it take to remove our head from our ass and get in and do this, stop building roads and start getting more flexible and better cities.”

Mr Baxter said the hardest part about bringing flying cars to Australia was not building the car, but getting people on board.

“The hard part is convincing people we will have 10,000 of these things flying above our heads and less of us will die in transport because of it,” he said.

Mr Baxter said flying cars would allow people to live 150 kilometres from their place of work, but still be there in half an hour.

“These are literally an upscale drone,” he said.

“You will put in an address, say 127 Smith Street, it will say the closest I can get you is 126 it will be seven minutes there thank you very much, insert credit card here, off you go, drop me off.”

The Shark Tank star admitted the frequency of thunderstorms in Queensland could impact their use but was nothing that couldn’t be worked around.

“We need to smash CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) and say get out of our way,” he said.

“We don’t need to build a road. Think about a cubic kilometre of airspace and what you can do.

“We don’t need the government’s permission to do this, we really don’t.

“This is the best chance for us to have an amazing entrepreneurial reaction to a real problem which is mobility.”

Mr Baxter was a member of a panel discussion about if flying cars were the way of the future at The Myriad festival on Friday.

Source: Brisbane Times – Click Here for more info

22 May 2018

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