Consumer Version of a Flying Car Will be Available by the End of the Year.
Although no specific release date or retail price has been announced as of yet, Kitty Hawk (the flying car company financed largely by Google co-founder Larry Page) recently released the following footage of it’s prototype which will be available to consumers by the end of 2017.
Kitty Hawk describes the Flyer as an all-electric aircraft designed to operate over water. The Flyer is classified as an Ultralight aircraft under FAA regulations, so it will not require a pilot’s license to operate. Kitty Hawk claims that people will be able to learn to fly the Flyer in minutes.
Kitty Hawk is trying to entice eager customers with a $100 three-year membership that offers priority placement on a waiting list, company-branded gear, and exclusive access to a flight simulator and company events. Members will also get a $2,000 discount off the eventual retail price.
Ok, so this isn’t exactly what you would probably envision when you hear the word “car”. The Flyer looks more like a hovercraft for Spiderman than a car. Unless you work on a lake, it probably won’t replace your current day to day transportation, but the significance of the first “flying car” available to the public is… pretty surreal. Between Kitty Hawk and the dozens of other companies that are working on flying car, and/or driver-less car technologies… it’s only a matter of time before we are whizzing through the air in self-piloted air-pods like in some sci-fi movie.
Crazy times, man.