Elon Musk is interviewed by Liz Claman during “Countdown to the Closing Bell,” on the Fox Business Network on Sept. 17, 2014.

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By Rex Santus2014-10-09 16:21:38 UTC

Flying cars seem cool, right?

Not according to Elon Musk, who’s worried they could mess up the skyline view or — even worse — fall on your head.

The entrepreneur (of Tesla and SpaceX fame) said that he’s not a huge proponent of the concept of floating automobiles.

“I’m not sure about the flying cars,” Musk said at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday. “If the sky was full of cars flying all over the place, it would affect how things look. It would affect the skyline. And it would be noisier, and there would be a greater probability of something falling on your head. Those are not good things.”

Coming from a man with huge investments in both road technology and space transport, that’s no small opinion. This is also the person behind the idea for Hyperloop, a planned solar-powered transit system that’s supposed to be twice as fast as a commercial aircraft. He said resources would be better used by tackling easier solutions. We could eliminate traffic “choke points,” for one, plus add giant underground tunnel systems, Musk said.

But the Tesla CEO did acknowledge some benefits of flying cars: “On the other hand, you’d be able to go from one place to another faster,” he said.

Musk made waves earlier this month when he teased the Tesla “D”, which is slated to be unveiled on Wednesday.

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