The Hoverbike is what happens when one really wants to be a superhero, but really needs to figure out a way to more efficiently herd cattle. Aussie Chris Malloy has created a prototype for this motorcycle-helicopter hybrid, with the functional goals of revolutionizing aerial cattle mustering, assisting search and rescue operations, and improving military/emergency services; and the aesthetic goal of creating the undisputed King of Vehicular BAMFs.The pictures all pretty much look like this:
The problem with something like this is that it requires a much more complex licensing scheme than we currently possess. The ability to hover - and one would assume traverse as well - at 10K feet means that it would put such a vehicle in the realm of aircraft. Reduce the hover area to ~ 25 feet and who knows how it would be classified. You'd still have to follow conventional roadways - and be careful on overpasses and such - and how do you deal with the inevitable moron running out of gas and crashing to earth in front of a semi on 95 South?
But DAMN wouldn't that be fun? Say goodbye to the hellish traffic - you don't need the HOV lane, you have the FPV lane (Flying Personal Vehicle). Would speed limits apply to a flying bike? Even if they did, getting to work would become a LOT quicker for me - a literal straight shot to the highway, then blast over everyone at the speed limit until I get to work.
Yeah, I'm in my happy place just thinking about this...
That is all.