While engineers are breaking head honed autonomous vehicles, Google co-founder Larry Page is about to launch a personal flying vehicle.
The ultra-light aircraft called the Kitty Hawk Flyer was presented in a YouTube video, which shows the pilot’s horizontal takeoff of the vehicle from the lake on which it is located.
This propeller-driven electric prototype is the work of Page’s company at Silicon Valley, Kitty Hawk, which announced that the vehicle will go on sale later this year in the United States.
“As you can see (the vehicle) is a bit rough on the edges, but we were so excited to show them their capabilities that we did not want to wait until they finished their design. The consumer version will be available later this year,” he said. The company on your website.
The prototype was able to fly at a height of up to 4.5 meters and is capable of making horizontal landings, eliminating the need for a runway, according to a statement from Kitty Hawk. The New York Times, which had access to the aircraft, described the Kitty Hawk Flyer as a type of “speedboat.”
In order to operate the aircraft, no pilot or registration license is required, according to the company, which cites the decision issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on ultralight vehicles. However, its use is limited to “uncoded” areas on fresh water. (Yes, that means not flying over traffic lanes).
On the price, it has not yet been revealed how much it will cost. However, those who sign up for Kitty Hawk’s Flyer Discovery membership will receive a $ 2,000 discount and a place on the waiting list for the product to sell.
Many other questions remain unanswered, including how quickly you can go and how long the battery charge will last. The Times reported that today’s batteries are unable to withstand travel of up to 30 to 50 miles.
A spokeswoman for Kitty Hawk, consulted by HuffPost via e-mail, said they can not give further details at this time.
The final product will have a different design to the prototype that is seen in the video, according to the company.