The future is here: Flying cars to be a reality soon

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Reminiscent of an air-borne ATV or Ski-Doo, Flyer is billed by the company as a recreational vehicle suitable for over-water flights.

In many ways, it operates a lot like a drone you can pilot from on top of it - it's powered by 10 motor propellers that are self-stabilized, and is meant to be simple and easy to control.

The flight lasted for five minutes and Crane flew at 10 km/hr, approximately 10 feet over a water body.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer, as of now, is a recreational vehicle, it can not replace a family auto any time soon.


The flyer is just the beginning of a larger plan to eliminate traffic on the ground entirely said Todd Reichert the lead engineer of the project.

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

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".

According to CNN, Kitty Hawk tried out various methods for controlling the craft, including a steering wheel, video game controllers, and boat throttles but found that a joystick was the most comfortable to use.


The 250-pound vehicle scrapes under the requirement for a pilot's license which is required for vehicles above 254 pounds. 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. "You definitely feel the vibrations".

The company has conducted 1,500 test flights with its employees, up from 1,200 in 2017, according to CNN.

Another flyer called Cora is also under development and is a little closer to the dream flying auto project. "Will people be willing to fly on these devices, be willing to live next to these devices like this?"


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