The flying auto has arrived

09 June, 2018, 10:57 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Flying car: Google founder Larry Page-backed firm develops sci-fi vehicle | Daily Star

A FLYING vehicle project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page was closer to take-off yesterday, with a model for test flights by aspiring buyers. So far, the vehicle has been tested in New Zealand.

A company in Las Vegas is hoping to make the flying vehicle a product of the future.

The electric aircraft had 10 small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

Piloting Kitty Hawk is as easy as playing the video game Minecraft, chief executive Sebastian Thrun said in published reports.

It's from his company Kitty Hawk - and the new model is fit for one and operated by joystick.


While we did get to see an earlier iteration of Flyer a year ago the new model is much sleeker, futuristic looking, and generally looks more like a finished product.

The group, named for the North Carolina town in which the Wright Brothers first took flight, previously showed off an all-electric autonomous flying taxi called the Cora.

Kitty Hawk said that at 15 meters (50 feet) away, it sounded about as lound as a lawn mower, while from 250 feet away the volume was on par with a loud conversation.

Test flights by first timers take place over water, with top speeds limited at 20mph and the altitude restricted to no more than 3m (10ft). However, the company states that the Flyer is only to be used over water and uncongested areas, so don't imagine you'll be using one to skip the traffic in your daily commute just yet. The Flyer is essentially a drone big enough to carry a person, and according to its designers the controls can be mastered in as little as an hour.

"Flyer is Kitty Hawk's first personal flying vehicle, and the first step to make flying a part of everyday life". The Flyer, which was designed as a recreational vehicle, has a flight time of 12 to 20 minutes on a full charge.

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