Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights

Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights

Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights

For safety reasons, the Flyer is being tested exclusively over water at a facility in Las Vegas.

Kitty Hawk has revealed its first production-bound personal aircraft, the Flyer.

Besides the Flyer, Kitty Hawk has developed another project called Cora, a two-seater electric air taxi that is intended as an alternate mode of transportation in congested cities, Bloomberg reported.

People interested in buying Flyers were invited at the website to apply for an invitation to do so, with no price specified.

Instead, Kitty Hawk says it wants to partner with companies to establish fleets of Flyers around the world for recreational users to enjoy.

However, Thrun said the vehicle can go much faster and he hopes it could one day be able to go "50, 60 or even 100mph".

Weighing just 250lb, the auto is operated by two control sticks - one controlling the altitude and one controlling its direction.

Flyer uses a lithium-polymer battery, which means the all-electric vehicle can only run for about 20 minutes on a single charge.

Kitty Hawk explains that the Flyer is considered an Ultralight by the Federal Aviation Administration, so you don't need a pilot's license to operate one.

Its designers claim the jet ski-like auto is "as easy to use as playing Minecraft". Test flights are going to be made available to future customers and influencers, according to a spokeswoman.

The company has conducted 1,500 test flights with its employees, up from 1,200 in 2017, according to CNN. Indeed, lead engineer Todd Reichert said the team's aim is to "take everything hard out of flying, basically to be able to give people an experience where it's super-easy to fly", adding that the machine is "transformational in terms of how accessible we can make flights". A person's head pokes out of the Flyer, so it looks like you're sitting in a go-cart.

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