Google founder Larry Page recently showed off “Kitty Hawk,” a new startup company that bills itself as making a much-anticipated “flying car”. The company describes the Kitty Hawk Flyer as an “all-electric aircraft” that is designed to operate over water and doesn’t require a pilot’s license to fly. In fact, Kitty Hawk promises people will be able to learn to fly in minutes. Kitty Hawk hasn’t said exactly what the Flyer is too be used for, recreation or true travel, nor has it set a price for a retail version. But the company is enticing eager pilots with a $100 three-year membership that offers priority placement on a waiting list, company-branded gear and the ability to attend company events. Members will also get a $2,000 discount off the eventual retail price. Again, this thing looks really fun, but I’m uncertain about the specifics. I have heard that people are concerned that it could be extremely loud. Even a normal-sized drone is fairly noisy and larger octocopters are wildly noisy. Reporters witness this thing’s short test run over Clear Lake in California said it’s as loud as a speedboat. Of course, you can’t really gather that from the promo video Kitty Hawk recently released. Imagine a world with these things filling our skies and lakes…it would be nuts. The Flyer isn’t considered a drone, it’s an Ultralight aircraft per FAA regulations. This is why there’s no pilot’s license required. If you are scratching your head on why Larry Page would be getting involved, he’s hardly alone in his interest. Industry giants like Airbus have proposed multiple takes on a flying car, as have dozens of startups from around the world. And, coincidentally or not, Uber recently held a conference in Texas about its own flying carambitions. Anyways, Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk looks as if they have a working prototype that you can see in action HERE. It’s the first footage released of this Google-backed “flying car.” (Source: New York Times)
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