New Hampshire is welcoming George Jetson with open arms. Gov. Chris Sununu last week signed a law making his state the first to let flying cars operate on public roads. Now the only thing stopping them from filling the skies above the Granite State is the fact that it's not yet possible to buy one.
The so-called "Jetson Bill" makes roadable aircraft — as they're formally known — legal on the ground, though it doesn't permit soaring over red lights and traffic jams. It allows owners of flying cars to register them with the Division of Motor Vehicles and exempts them from needing license plates, but takeoffs and landings can happen only at an airport, unless it's an emergency.
"This is landmark legislation and places New Hampshire at the leading edge of incorporating roadable aircraft into a state transportation system," said Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky, a startup working on a flying car called the Switchblade. The company provided input on the legislation, as did Terrafugia and Dutch company PAL-V. Terrafugia, now owned by Chinese automaker Geely, has been testing a prototype in Nashua, N.H., and PAL-V has a U.S. office in Manchester, N.H.
The law requires flying cars to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, and licensed drivers also would need to be trained pilots. It does not take a stance on robotic housekeepers.