CONCORD, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Flying cars are no longer just for cartoons or science fiction, they might be a reality as soon as next year.
One major setback would be making them street legal; but for those in New Hampshire, the state is now the first in the nation to allow registering them to drive on public roads.
State Representative Steve Smith sponsored a bill nicknamed 'The Jetson Bill' after the futuristic family that has now been signed into law.
"FAA certifies aircraft as being safe, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration decides what's a car that's safe," Smith said. "Those companies will go through both of those processes but without being able to get license plates, they can land at the airport but not drive out the gates.
However, Smith said 'flying car' isn't the correct term for the vehicle. Instead, they're 'rotable aircraft.'
"We think of them as planes first," Smith said.
To fly, the vehicles would still need to take off and land from an airport or an airstrip.
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports