Science fiction has always had a thing for flying cars, and today’s technological advances take it a step closer to fruition. A company named Kitty Hawk, backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, recently announced a model named Flyer that was described as “an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight”. Details were released on flyer.aero, which included footage of the flying car being operated over a lake in Las Vegas.
Take a Flyer
Flyer has all-electric motors powered by lithium polymer batteries. It has small rotors on the wings that allow it to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. At this stage, the vehicle is being flown over water and uncongested areas and has no price tag, but people who are interested in owning a Flyer are invited to make contact via the company’s website.
Where to from here?
Larry Page co-founded Google in 1998 and it grew from a Silicon Valley garage to the leading global tech company it is today. Although Page takes a personal interest in the Kitty Hawk project, it does not form part of Google’s vast operations. You have to ask if his interest might make this venture one to keep an eye on. With flying cars now a reality, and self-driving and IoT-enabled vehicles already on the road, it might just be time to accept that the future has arrived.
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