Carnegie Mellon University

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How Flying Taxis Likely Won't Help Us Soar Into the Future

In a panel discussion at CES, Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, sat alongside of experts in the world of smart cities to discuss the most disruptive trends in tech for 2020. But just as flying taxis and luxury electric vehicles are poised to continue making their mark, many cities are grappling with the basic infrastructure, regulations and policy needed to support these advances.

"Do we really need to have flying taxis?” Lightman questioned.  “It would be great if we could do that to help the people in Puerto Rico who are still suffering from the effects of the hurricane and now have had two earthquakes in the past two days …  but to have more rich people getting from place to place because they don't want to be bothered by a car anymore, that bothers me." 

To see what other smart city experts said, view the full article here: