Flying auto startup backed by Google founder offers test flights

Flying auto startup backed by Google founder offers test flights

Looking very different fromthe prototype it showed off just over a year ago, the redesigned Flyer looks like a cross between a drone, an F1 vehicle, and a sea plane.

Image: No price has been specified for the flying vehicle.

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In addition, the one-person drone doesn't require a pilot's license to fly (in the U.S.), similar to motorized ultra-lights and other recreational aircraft under 254 pounds.


With the flying vehicle segment being more competitive than ever, we can expect to FLY in 5 years. That said, even if it did, the aircraft is only meant for flying over water and only flies between three and ten feet off of the surface, so even a worst-case scenario would only involve a short plop into the water. Kitty Hawk says the Flyer is "easy to fly" but recommends professional training. Flight training, however, is "highly encouraged", according to the company's website. "We're on sort of a story arc from recreation, to exploration, to transportation, and we will have to evolve along the way", Reichert told Crane. In five minutes Rachel returned, placing a Flyer like a Pro.

Establishment of air traffic rules and control systems plus vehicle safety standards need to be set in place before it hits the market. Accepting such a death trap for day-to-day commute is going to be hard.

In a separate development, Bloomberg reported that Volocopter GmbH, a German startup backed by chipmaker Intel and automotive multinational Daimler AG, has developed an electric helicopter that will function as a taxi service to ferry commuters over congested cities. The company hasn't publicly disclosed a sale price. Details on this project are, however, scarce.

It's from his company Kitty Hawk - and the new model is fit for one and operated by joystick. But the question remains - when will they really hit the market?

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