SAN FRANCISCO: A flying auto project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page was closer to take-off on Wednesday, with a model for test flights by aspiring buyers. It's meant to be flown over water, hence the pontoons on the bottom of the aircraft.
Page funded the Kitty Hawk Flyer model, which he calls "an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight".
This test was a clear demonstration of how easy it would it be to fly a vehicle after a commercial model hits the market. But according to a report on futurism, Crane was able to get a hang of the flight controls just after a training session that lasted for less than an hour.
Thrun said that securing public acceptance for the Flyer is the company's biggest priority.
For safety reasons, Kitty Hawk is only testing the vehicle over water at a facility in Las Vegas.
First-time riders are allowed to fly as high as 10 feet above the water. Flight autonomy for the model is of about 20 minutes or 20 miles (32 km), depending on the speed and the pilot's weight.
The 250-pound Flyer has 10 lift rotors on the wings, so it takes off into the air similar to a helicopter.
No price as yet but they do have a Founder Flyers group that you can apply online to join.
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.
In the video, the 250lb flying auto is seen coasting above the water thanks to its new propellers, which have been increased from eight to ten rotors.