A flying car was tested by Google co-founder Kitty Hawk, and they would already start selling the vehicle by the end of the year.
A flying car was tested by Google co-founder Kitty Hawk, and they would already start selling the vehicle by the end of the year. Those who walked around one of the lakes recently, about 100 miles from San Francisco, may have been shocked to see a flying car floating above the water.
The vehicle was a flying car driven by a startup man named Kitty Hawk and spent about five minutes in the air. Although the device is still a prototype, the development company has serious plans: they are preparing to sell the special car by the end of the year. By the way, they have every chance to make rapid progress, as there are real big cannons behind the Kitty Hawk. The company’s financial security is provided by Larry Page, co-founder of Google, and the name of Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Development, also resonates well in the industry. Among other things, he played an important role in the development of self-driving cars and was the founding director of X Lab, which specializes in special projects, within Google.
Based on a video of the test flight, the Kitty Hawk Flyer looks more like an engine than a car for now, as it’s fully open. The single-person vehicle is powered by eight propellers and, despite being powered by the New York Times, is still very loud for the time being. It is categorized in the United States as an ultralight aircraft, which means that no pilot’s license is required to use it, however, it is a stipulation that only sparsely populated areas can be flown with such a device. Incidentally, during the tests, the company’s engineers will only fly the vehicle over open water to further increase safety.
Even though you don’t have an exact price for your Kitty Hawk flying car yet, you can already register for it as part of a rather interesting scheme. By paying a hundred dollars, you can get a $ 2,000 discount on the final price of the asset. Sebastian Thrun also said in connection with the development that the final, commercially available model will look different and will be much quieter than the prototype.
The Kitty Hawk is by no means alone in developing the flying car. In the United States alone, more than a dozen startups are trying to develop such a vehicle, and not only they, but giants like Airbus are experimenting with it. But not only overseas, you can come across a similar initiative much closer. Four German university students founded the company whose flying car, the Lilium Jet, passed a successful unmanned test in April. According to the concept, the egg-shaped device, which would also be covered with small wings, would be used as an air taxi. The models completed so far are suitable for transporting two people, but after successful tests, the development of vehicles capable of transporting five people can also begin. Thus, it is possible that by the time self-driving cars appear in cities, special taxis flying over our heads will be the really forward-looking technology. The Lilium Jet is also electrically powered, can even be charged at home, and can take off vertically. Its top speed is also remarkable, it can cover up to 300 kilometers in an hour, and with a single charge, this is its maximum range for the time being.
Flying cars and motorcycles are attracting the attention of more and more developers, the World Economy last reported on such a project in February. Russian Hoversurf has made a device most reminiscent of a flying engine. Named the Scorpion-3, the vehicle was created by combining motorcycles and drone technology, and developers have used a number of safety-enhancing solutions, such as speed and altitude control software specifically designed for this equipment.