Santa Claus may pay us a visit anytime soon since we're a couple of weeks away from Christmas. And we're all crazy to write our wish list for the coming year. Commuters like me know what to prioritize in our list:
Solve the horrendous traffic jam in the Philippines.
Even though the jolly season is supposed to make us grateful and excited, we can't help but worry about the anticipated gridlock in main roads especially EDSA (sigh). If simple weekdays can cost us a couple of gory hours before we can get back home, what more can a holiday season do when everyone's expected to flock malls and populate local attractions?
There have been many suggestions:
- chase out-of-roadside vendors,
- the rerouting of provincial buses,
- reduction of loading and unloading bays,
- limit immobility of city buses
- and the continuous improvement of the supposed fast and reliable MRT and LRT
Our dear government officials and traffic aides have been investing effort and resources, but nothing can totally solve the issue, or at least ease the suffering of Filipinos every hellish rush hour.
Henry Ford may have anticipated that we'll be in desperate need of the grace of modern technology to address our brutal traffic system. In 1940, he promised the
world the combination of airplane and motor car.
Years later, this promise is set to be fulfilled. Slovakian company AeroMobil announced the possible commercialization of flying cars two years from now.
The company's co-founder and CEO Juraj Vaculik seeks to make this two-passenger, winged vehicle available in the market as soon as possible.
Just like our dream action car, an AeroMobil can transform into a plane in seconds. Same with a normal car, it will occupy any regular parking space. Gasoline and existing basic facilites for automobiles and planes will work in it as well.
If used on air, it can take off using airports worldwide, any grass strip or paved surface. Advanced technologies are expected to be included in its main features like shortening of the take-off requirements and ability to land even at comparatively rough grounds.
Modern science and technology have been proving endless possibilities. Our desire to communicate face to face with our long-distance loved ones was made possible by the internet.
No wonder inventors can provide us cars which can conquer even the sky.
The downside is that an AeroMobil's price isn't revealed yet but it'll probably cost us our arms and legs, if ever it's released in the Philippine market years from now. Plus, we might undergo various trainings to acquire a license so we can fly one.
The Philippines has an overwhelming number of vehicles and law-breaking citizens. Thus, no additional roads, skyways, and traffic schemes will be enough to solve this issue overnight. Flying cars like the hailed AeroMobil may be our antidote if we want an immediate improvement.
That is, if our savings and credit cards can afford the price tag.
Maybe, just maybe, if we're willing to give our government officers a chance to implement their traffic policies, we can actually save hours of road rage and complaints. If we're ready to follow these rules wholeheartedly, we can solve this issue slowly. But if we really can't, perhaps we should just start saving up to have the means to buy extravagant gadgets like flying cars.
Or we could just ask Santa one.
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