Kitty Hawk demos its production-ready solo sport Flyer

Kitty Hawk demos its production-ready solo sport Flyer

Kitty Hawk demos its production-ready solo sport Flyer

"If it's less than an hour, it opens up flight to pretty much everyone", he explained. It's operated using two control sticks, and a pilot's license isn't required. He hopes the cars will one day be able to reach a speed of 100 miles per hour. The single-seated electric Flyer, which is now available for pre-order, can fly up to 10 feet high in the air with a speed limit of up to 20 miles per hour and is operated with two control sticks.

'In this vehicle, if you let go of the controls it will stay where it is, ' Thrun explained.

The start-up teased the Flyer in a demo video past year , and is now nearing public roll out.

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.

With its small fleet of Flyers, Kitty Hawk has already conducted about 1,500 flights among interested business partners and social influencers, CNN reported.

Although the company hasn't disclosed its price yet, it is taking pre-orders on its website.

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

Thrun has visions of the Flyer and other flying cars becoming commonplace in society.

Reichert describes Kitty Hawk's progress in terms of a story arc, moving from "recreation to exploration to transportation", and its latest effort suggests it's heading in the right direction.

"In the distant future, I can see that maybe we take something similar and fly it into NY or Manhattan", Thrun said.

Aside from safety, Kitty Hawk is now focusing on harvesting "social acceptance" for the Flyer. A person's head pokes out of the Flyer, so it looks like you're sitting in a go-cart.

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

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