Larry Page's "flying car" makes its debut

Kitty Hawk is a secretive startup founded and financed by Alphabet CEO Larry Page and run by Google X founder Sebastian Thrun. According to its creators, you can learn to control it in just a few minutes, and you don't need a pilot's license to do so.

But on the company's website, it says the Flyer will look different from the prototype. "We've designed our first version specifically to fly over water". Thank god for that.

"We hope that this is more of an exciting concept than what most people have had in their minds about flying cars", he told The New York Times.

"The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft".

Other companies trying to develop flying cars include Uber and Airbus.

The Flyer can only be flown in "uncongested areas" over fresh water. Announced this week, this is a next level drone that allows you to jump on board and fly where you want to go.

"Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality", the creators of the Kitty Hawk Flyer note on their website. He has reportedly spent $100 million or more on flying-car startups, including Zee.Aero, whose flying vehicle was spotted in Hollister in October. Rising to an altitude of 15 feet, the Kitty Hawk Flyer could be our first real glimpse at the future of flying transportation. Airbus hopes to test its own flying vehicle by the end of this year and Chinese firm Ehang showed off its take on a flying auto in 2016 which looks more like a one man drone. In a statement to the NYT, Page shared some of his thoughts on what Kitty Hawk has accomplished. However, you can sign up to be a member with a $100 a year interest in owning one, and doing that gets you $2,000 off the final purchase price.

Self-driving cars or flying cars?

Because it's considered to be an Ultralight aircraft (it only weighs 220 pounds and is powered by eight batter-operated propellers), the Federal Aviation Administration has already approved the auto for use in "uncongested areas" and no, you will not need a license to fly one.



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