Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Kitty Hawk takes pre-orders for Flyer personal aircraft

Flying car designed by Kitty Hawk KITTY HAWK FUTURE Google founder Larry Page-backed firm has designed a flying car
Lloyd Bates | 10 June, 2018, 17:05

Kitty Hawk wants to get Flyer out to customers soon and it is apparently taking pre-orders, without announcing the prices publicly.

To ensure ease of use, the Flyer operates with software that utilizes data from multiple smart sensors for a fully stabilized and smooth flying experience. "If it's less than an hour, it opens up flight to pretty much everyone", Thrun told CNN.

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

There are 10 electric fans powered by a lithium-ion battery, and on a full charge the flight time varies from 12 to 20 minutes, depending on the weight of the pilot and the flight speed.

Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

The company is now accepting applications - by invitation only - for a test flight model, the Straits Times reported.

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Another flyer called Cora is also under development and is a little closer to the dream flying vehicle project. The suggestion is clear: please fly this thing over water, where at least if you crash you've got a chance.

He remains chief executive of Google-parent Alphabet but the Kitty Hawk project is a personal pursuit, not part of the tech giant´s operations.

Thrun has visions of the Flyer and other flying cars becoming commonplace in society. "This is as easy how to play Minecraft", - said the head Kitty Hawk Sebastian Troon. Maybe we'll actually see something useful in the future, but for now this is just a toy for those that might be able to afford one.

Aside from safety, Kitty Hawk is now focusing on harvesting "social acceptance" for the Flyer. "Will people be willing to fly on these devices, be willing to live next to these devices like this?"

"If the training will take less than an hour, this opens up possibilities for flying to nearly everyone".

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