Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

The flying vehicle has arrived

The flying vehicle has arrived

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Larry Page's flying vehicle project Kitty Hawk recently completed a test flight.

Page funded the Kitty Hawk Flyer model, which he calls "an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight". Test flying of the prototype of this air taxi pass in New Zealand, which intends to make it a part of its transportation system. At the current stage of development of the flyer can fly for 12-20 minutes over the water.

"Our immediate priority is to invite small groups of people - customers, influencers, media and community members - to experience the freedom of flight here in our newly opened training facility".

Unfortunately, there is no info on the price for which the Flyer would be sold.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer personal flying machine that we first profiled a year ago has come a long way since we last saw it in action. The single-seat, electric Flyer is powered by 10 propellers and capable of vertical take-offs and landings.

At a distance of 50ft the Flyer will sound like a lawnmower and a loud conversation at 250ft.

Test flights for first-time flyers are done over open bodies of water, and people aren't allowed to go any faster than 20 miles per hour. CNN reporter Rachel Crane was the one in the cockpit. And because the Flyer is so light, the company says that people won't need a pilot's license to fly them.

It's from his company Kitty Hawk - and the new model is fit for one and operated by joystick. For starters, there's the Airbus-backed Vahana self-piloting air taxi, as well as the 184 flying machine from Chinese firm EHang.Uber, too, is developing its own aerial vehicle, while Joby Aviation and Volocopter are also developing their own compact flying vehicles.

Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998, starting out in a Silicon Valley garage and transforming into one of the world´s largest companies.

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