The first major obstacle I see with a self "flying" vehicle is that you will also need to calculate air density, temperature, and winds. Completely possible, but you will need constant updates. As it stands, the most frequent aviation weather updates we get happen ever half hour, or so. But, like you said, using the internet and automatic weather reporting stations would make it possible.
A bigger problem with weather is an aircraft's vulnerability to high winds. On a nice breezey day, let's say 30 knot winds, a lot of smaller aircraft will be in deep shit. For something as densely populated as New York or something, the flying car (at least to me) just doesn't seem like a viable solution.
That and you still have the same major problems of fuel consumption and the downward thrust being a hazard to those around you.
Now, as a recreational vehicle out in more rural areas, you would find a pretty big market. Make something cheap, easy to fly, able to be put on a trailer, easy to story in a garage or a public storage unit and you have yourself a winner.
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>post reasons why Autogyros aren't, not limited to the fact that they need forward motion which can be observed with a change in mainrotor RPM, explain that atmosphere is a dynamic environment, and still have a climb out
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