New Hampshire opens its roads to flying cars after signing a bill that makes it the first state to allow cars to run on its public roads. Drivers, with dual driving licenses, will be able to drive from the airports to their final land destination.
The future of flying cars may come much sooner than expected. And it certainly could start with New Hampshire where Governor Chris Sununu signed a bill, HB 1182, which made New Hampshire the first state in the United States of America to allow flying cars on its public roads. Pilots will be able to drive from the airports to their final land destination.
New Hampshire is the first state to allow the use of flying cars on its roads. There are actually no real flying cars permitted by law yet, however New Hampshire paves the way for the possibility of flying cars to circulate. If motorists fear being overtaken on the road by vehicles flying and speeding through the skies, the idea is still a long way off. “This is an emblematic event and the first to adopt this type of state legislation will be the leaders of a new transportation technology,” said Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky, one of three companies that currently produce flying cars. “This is something the public has been longing to see for decades.”
The first prototype of a flying car, the Autoplane, was conceived in 1917 by aviator Glen Curtiss, one of the founders of the American aviation industry. Curtiss’s prototype had its wings removed and was able to reach speeds of 45 mph on the road, but was never able to make a prolonged flight. Samson Sky, Terrafugia and Pal-V are today the largest companies that produce flying vehicles, in order to drive them you need a car driving license and an airline license. HB 1182 sets out the procedures by which “road aircraft” can be registered and inspected, allowing them to use the infrastructure available for other motor vehicles. However, landing or taking off on public roads is prohibited.