In preparation for Flyer's public debut, Kitty Hawk has been putting the Flyer through intensive tests during last year.
The presence of flying cars in the future is a long-anticipated dream. Through their ongoing presence in science fiction movies, like "Back to the Future" or "Blade Runner", more and more people expect the day flying cars come true.
Going back to reality, it's true that the world still has not possessed a miraculous car like the one in the movie, but the technology is theoretically feasible, at least in some aspects.
In order to make people's dream come true, Larry Page, a co-founder of Google, has recently established a company called Kitty Hawk, which aims to make a real car under the name "Flyer". And according to the latest news, this innovation has taken another step closer to success.
According to the latest news, this car has taken another step closer to success.
Recently, Kitty Hawk unveiled a prototype of the Flyer, and it gives the look of a "real" flying car, rather than an electric plane like a water canoe with wings which has been released in the last April. Flyer uses a Li-polymer battery pack and it can only run for 20 minutes on a single charge.
The startup company even says that it's happy to arrange for those who are interested in pre-ordering a future flying car. In particular, customers do not need a pilot license to operate the Flyer, because the company says it only needs one hour of training before the user can take off in the sky.
Finally, CEO of Kitty Hawk, Sebastian Thrun hopes that it will only take 5 minutes before users can get ready to fly. "If the training process is less than an hour, it opens the door to almost everyone," Thrun told CNN. For safety reasons, Kitty Hawk is only testing the vehicle on the water at a Las Vegas facility.
In order to operate the Flyer, the driver simply uses two simple control knobs, "It is as easy as playing Minecraft", he said, rather than hundreds of button on a helicopter.
In preparation for Flyer's public debut, Kitty Hawk experimented swiftly during last year. The company has made 1,500 test flights with its employees this year, compared to the number 1,200 in 2017.
For safety reasons, the vehicle was only tested on the water at a Las Vegas facility
The next step is to hand Flyer over to the customer, but the exact price has yet to be announced. The company is planning to equip the Flyer with an umbrella to make it safer.
Kitty Hawk also expects their car to be delivered to customers who want to purchase the whole first fleet, for example, to use in a theme park. Mr. Thrun has looked at the prospect of Flyer and many other models becoming popular in society.
The Flyer has a weight of 113 kg, which can fly on the water with a new booster, upgraded from 8 to 10 rotors, and for safety reasons, the vehicle can only fly up to 9,6 km/h. But its potential is greater than that, which can reach up to 80, 96 or even 160 km/h.
"It is a leisure vehicle, for leisure use," Mr. Thrrun said. "But in the distant future, I don't see why we can't get something like that and fly to New York or Manhattan."
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