Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk company unveils single-seat flying vehicle

Flying car: Google founder Larry Page-backed firm develops sci-fi vehicle | Daily Star Larry Page-funded Kitty Hawk shows off single-seat flying machine
Jean Garcia | 09 June, 2018, 10:57

Kitty Hawk, the flying vehicle company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has begun taking pre-orders for its newest model.

The company is now testing Cora in New Zealand.

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

The other, dubbed Cora, is a two-seat electric aircraft with 13 rotors that takes off and lands vertically and is designed as a transportation alternative in cities.

Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X lab devoted to "moonshots", such as self-driving cars and internet-synched eyewear, was quoted by CNN as saying piloting Flyer is as easy as playing the video game Minecraft.

The quick training time makes the flying vehicle more accessible, according to Sebastian Thrun, a self-driving auto innovator and CEO of Kitty Hawk.

While we did get to see an earlier iteration of Flyer a year ago the new model is much sleeker, futuristic looking, and generally looks more like a finished product.

At a distance of 50ft the Flyer will sound like a lawnmower and a loud conversation at 250ft.

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With a similar flying vehicle project, cab aggregator Uber has entered into an agreement with NASA to explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) for future air transportation in populated areas.

"Riders" will initially be limited to an altitude of just 3-10 feet above the water at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour, with an expected flight duration of 12-20 minutes.

People interested in buying Flyers were invited at the website to apply for an invitation to do so, with no price specified.

The uncovered cockpit appears to be big enough for one person.

"Flyer is Kitty Hawk´s first personal flying vehicle and the first step to make flying part of everyday life".

Kitty Hawk's altitude and speed restrictions are said to be for "first riders".

"Flyer is created to be easy to fly and flown for recreational purposes over water and uncongested areas", the website said.

Several other flying vehicle models are also being tested, with Uber and other companies expressing interest, according to the report.

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