Why is point-to-point travel the ultimate in Green transportation?

There is some controversy on the subject of being “Green” in your business.  Rather than debate global warming, carbon offsets, and other current topics,  I simply look at this from the viewpoint of taking care of the environment.  We all live here, breathe here, drink here so we might as well make it a decent place to live.

With that in mind, one can look at transportation.  In the case of flying transportation, at first glance it may not seem to have cost benefit.  Your gas mileage in the air is lower than if you drive.  If you’re flying a certified aircraft you’re burning leaded fuel.  Not exactly something to brag about.

But let’s think about this for a minute.  Firstly, with a flying car, you don’t have to follow the meandering highways but you can go A to B, straight to your destination thereby cutting the distance down and hence the time in transit. Secondly, most flying cars have engines that burn unleaded fuel. Thirdly, you’re not struggling through congested traffic, wasting your time as well as extra gas.  Fourthly, there’s a side benefit as highlighted in almost every Department of Transportation study concerning urban traffic.

It was found that by removing just 3-5% off of peak traffic, the remaining traffic can travel at twice the speed of normal peak traffic.  What this means is that just a relatively small number of flying cars can make a huge impact on not only the flow of traffic but the amount of emissions produced by non-flying traffic.

The bottom line, if one is looking at a financial and corporate review of this, is that without spending any more per travel mile than is being spent currently, one can reduce the company’s emissions as well as contribute to the reduction of traffic in one’s vicinity.  This kind of double-edged return makes the cost-benefit tip hugely in favor of the utilization of flying cars.

-Martin Swift

Originally published in http://www.UltimateBusinessGameChanger.com.
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