"On the macro level, ever-growing cities create a growing mobility need from the citizens in those cities," says Nestmann. "That leads to a rethinking of the city, because building everything around the car doesn’t improve life quality."
Traffic bottlenecks wear down our cities’ highways and the cars we drive on them, contributing to emissions that in turn threaten our planet’s delicate ecosystems and our own health. Meanwhile, eVTOLS (which are electric) will dramatically reduce emissions or reliance on diesel fuel.
Increasing numbers of flying cars will naturally give rise to a changing layout in the way our cities are structured as cities grow taller, rooftop landings expand and air highways connect super sky-scrapers, freeing up space below. Fewer cars on the ground will reduce congestion and may give rise to parks and green spaces. "In the long run – 2045 and onward – businesses and green spaces will become much more integrated," says Kopardekar. "While we may not ever eliminate metros and roads, we might be able to reduce their footprint with these machines."
VTOLs have vast implications for the future of transport, work-life, consumption, urban design, even healthcare and ecology. As soon as 2030, consumers might be able to press a button and order an air taxi straight to their cloud-tethered office. In the decades that follow, we may ultimately have fewer and fewer reasons to descend to the earth below, conducting our business and our lives atop a city in the sky.
"One mile of road can only take you one mile," says Kopardekar. "One mile of aviation can take you anywhere."
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