It’s 2015. We’re in the middle of one of the greatest automotive decades in history, with cars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, and the Porsche 918. Even the less aspiration realm is full of amazing stuff like Dodge's Hellcats and the upcoming Ford Focus RS. But no matter how awesome all these cars are, people still ask me the same question: "Weren’t we supposed to have flying cars by now?"
We may not have flying cars yet, but we do have jetpacks. A startup, appropriately called Jetpack Aviation, has taken its product — the JB-9 jetpack, which is approved for flight by both the FAA and the US Coast Guard — and flown around the Statue of Liberty. The flight is just a test, meant to spur research and development (and investment). Basically, it’s a PR stunt.
But who cares? It’s a jetpack! Flying around the Statue of Liberty! The founder says the mini jet-turbine backpack has applications across search-and-rescue, law enforcement, disaster relief, and more. Forget UberPool. I want to commute with a jetpack. That won’t be hazardous at all, right?