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Here's Another Flying Car - Flyer By Kitty Hawk, Founded By Larry Page

Here's Another Flying Car - Flyer By Kitty Hawk, Founded By Larry Page

Google co-founder Larry Page announced Wednesday that his new Kitty Hawk flying vehicle is taking flight, according to published reports.

The company is now testing Cora in New Zealand.

The electric aircraft had 10 small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X lab devoted to "moonshots" such as self-driving cars and internet-synched eyewear, was quoted by CNN as saying piloting Flyer was as easy playing the video game "Minecraft".

This undated handout image released yesterday by Kitty Hawk shows the Flyer.

With a similar flying vehicle project, cab aggregator Uber has entered into an agreement with NASA to explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) for future air transportation in populated areas.




An early version of Flyer was shown off past year.

Because it's powered by motors rather than internal combustion engines, Kitty Hawk says the Flyer will be significantly quieter than other ultralight aircraft, promising that it's only as loud as a lawnmower from 50 feet away.

"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".

The company is offering a £1,560 discount to those willing to pay an early £78 deposit for a vehicle now, although the full price hasn't been revealed. In the U.S., the Flyer falls under the FAA's rules for ultralight aircraft, meaning no pilot's license is needed so long as it's flown over water or "uncongested areas". The Flyer is essentially a drone big enough to carry a person, and according to its designers the controls can be mastered in as little as an hour. The company said it's the first step in making flying "part of everyday life".

Kitty Hawk's altitude and speed restrictions are said to be for "first riders".


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