Ford have ruled out investing in the development of flying cars in the short term because road rage would be infinitely worse 200 feet in the air than it is on the ground.
The automaker was asked if they had any plans to develop their own flying car at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas to which the answer, “are you fucking mad?” was given in response.
Ford’s Head of Driver Safety Mr. Andy Lock-Brakes said, “The trouble with driving is you can have the nicest, most mild-mannered person in the world, but stick them behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and all of a sudden they turn into a complete psycho. I’ve seen Buddhist monks returning from a week of meditation get stuck in rush hour traffic and all of a sudden they’re beeping the horn like a lunatic, winding down the window and calling everyone a fucking wanker. Can you imagine what it’d be like if you were several thousand feet off the ground?”
Cars with flying capabilities have been a hot topic in recent months thanks to concept vehicles such as the Pop.Up which was revealed by Airbus at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It’s a fully autonomous pod which can connect to a giant set of drone rotors and looks a bit like a cable car that’s just come back from the hairdressers with a perm it isn’t sure about.
Whilst Ford confirmed they won’t be working on flying car technology in the short term, they did emphasise that control of such vehicles shouldn’t be entrusted to drivers who would have to be strapped up in some sort of Hannibal Lecter type straight jacket and spit mask to ensure any road rage incidents were kept under control.
“When someone cuts in front of you, it’s one thing to stop the car, get out and try to open the other person’s driver door in an attempt to punch them when you’re on the ground, but you just can’t do that when you’re 200 feet up. The only way I see it working is if drivers could write really insulting messages to each other in the sky using exhaust fumes or something,” Mr. Lock-Brakes added.