Monday, 18 February, 2019

The New Electric Flying Car From Google Co-Founder Larry Page

Flying car designed by Kitty Hawk KITTY HAWK FUTURE Google founder Larry Page-backed firm has designed a flying car
Nellie Chapman | 09 June, 2018, 10:59

"Flyer is Kitty Hawk´s first personal flying vehicle and the first step to make flying part of everyday life".

Kitty Hawk, the Mountain View, California-based flying auto company founded and backed by Google's Larry Page is offering a new glimpse of one its upcoming aircraft: a single-person recreational vehicle.

Test drives are underway for the Kitty Hawk Flyer, which is being called a "flying vehicle".

This latest model by Kitty Hawk has been designed, built, and tested by a team led by 2013 Sikorsky prize victor and Guinness world record holder Todd Reichert.

The flying vehicle will start at a speed of 20 miles per hour, and will be able to fly up to 10 feet above ground, with pilots ready to take the skies after just an hour of training, according to Bloomberg.

For safety reasons, the Flyer is being tested exclusively over water at a facility in Las Vegas. The outlet's reporter got to fly the 250-pound craft after a 90-minute training course, though her speed was capped at six miles per hour for the demo (experienced pilots will reportedly be able to fly up to 20 mph). The zero-emissions Flyer is completely powered by electricity, and its propellers all operate independently, meaning that if there is a problem with one or more propellers, the entire vehicle won't come crashing down.

Although for now the vehicle is expected to be used at amusement parks, the company have high hopes for their design. The Flyer has 10 motors and just two control sticks, which Crane said were easy to master.

"It's as easy to use as playing 'Minecraft, '" he said. The firm also plans to invite business partners and social influencers to fly the machine which should help the public, and lawmakers, become aware that these vehicles exist and what their capabilities are.

I wonder just how many people will buy the Flyer.