Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk company unveils single-seat flying vehicle

Flying car backed by Google co-founder Larry Page KITTY HAWK ELECTRIC The battery-powered car has 10 propellers
Conrad Doyle | 09 June, 2018, 12:18

Page funded the Kitty Hawk Flyer model, which he calls "an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight".

And the team behind startup Kitty Hawk, creators of the flying vehicle, say anyone will be able to learn how to fly it.

The startup's CEO said that securing public acceptance for the Flyer is its biggest priority and that he hopes to learn a lot from the test flights.

The flying auto company, Kitty Hawk, has shown off its latest iteration of the Flyer, a single seater "flying car" that's controlled with a single joystick.

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.

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

For safety reasons, the Flyer is being tested exclusively over water at a facility in Las Vegas. The company's plan is for its flying vehicles to become "part of a service similar to an airline or a rideshare".

"It's as easy to use as playing 'Minecraft, '" he said. The single-seated electric Flyer, which is now available for pre-order, can fly up to 10 feet high in the air with a speed limit of up to 20 miles per hour and is operated with two control sticks.

The 250-pound vehicle scrapes under the requirement for a pilot's license which is required for vehicles above 254 pounds. Despite now looking like a consumer product, CNN's Rachel Crane complained that "it's not the most comfortable thing" she has ever sat in. "You definitely feel the vibrations". The company will sell first to partners interested in fleets of the craft, like amusement parks. The aim now is to get it in the hands of customers; people can express interest via the company's website.

I wonder just how many people will buy the Flyer.

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