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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

It’s Back to the Future Day! Where are the Flying Cars? By Earl Karanja - 21st

By now you must have seen a lot of
#BackToTheFuture posts on social media and probably
wondering, “did i miss something?”.
October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly and Doc
Brown arrived from the past after travelling to the
future in the 1989 film Back to the Future II. In the
first film, the actors traveled back in time from 1985 to
1955. The second film predicted what the world would
look like in 2015 and that is the reason for the many
BTTF posts today.
“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” That
was Doc implying that 2015 had flying cars and roads
were not really necessary. Unfortunately, we are yet to
see any flying cars in production yet. Concepts are
there, including the Terrafugia TF-X, Moller Sky-Car
and the French project Xplorair PX200.
So, were the predictions right? Well, most of them are
now real while others are still ‘concepts’. To Earl Karanja of GT Spirit , the
most important invention is the DeLorean DMC 12 car
from the movie which was shown as a flying time
machine car.
DeLorean DMC 12 Flying Car from Back to the Future II
Flying cars were depicted even before the BTTF
movie, with Henry Ford revealing the first experiment
in 1926. He was quoted in 1940 saying. “Mark my word:
a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may
smile, but it will come.”
Nevertheless, let’s give the movie the credits it
deserves. Quite a number of inventions were predicted
right and are in actual use in today’s world. The
predictions include video chats, flat-screen TVs, hands
free video games and green cars. The concept of
hoverboards is debatable and Lexus has already
proved that it’s possible.
Lexus Hoverboard
As for the flying cars, i’d say we still have a long way
to go – let’s first deal with the driverless cars which
seems to be the in thing for most car manufacturers
right now.

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