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Will the flying car take off or remain pie in the sky?

M Vivek
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COMMENT | We sometimes struggle to make sense of the things we see in the sky. Is that a UFO we see? Are spaceships and unexplained discs real?

But flying cars will soon no longer be the stuff of science fiction, not if the announcement from Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Yusof is anything to go by.

As much as we want to see a car that flies, Malaysians have always been sceptical of new technological advancements.

It is uncertain if this dream is realistic or just marketing hype. Many wonder if the car is going to fly or float. Will it be an oversized drone or a rich man's toy?

Also, does Malaysia need flying cars? Does the idea even make sense? How safe will it be? Can our ecosystem support cars in the sky? What happens if there is a collision mid-air?

The proposal will involve many policy decisions. Regulations need to be put in place, and we have to consider the cost, technology limitations, prototype quality and infrastructure.

We will also need to draft laws pertaining to air traffic, usage of airspace and airborne traffic management. All these issues have to be addressed.

When Redzuan first spoke of the flying car, it drew mixed reactions on social media. He later clarified that it is expected to fly at a low altitude and at a reasonable speed, but will not be for sale...

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