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New 'Kitty Hawk' flying car footage revealed

Posted on Monday, 24 April, 2017 | Comment icon 22 comments

The Kitty Hawk Flyer operates over water. Image Credit: YouTube / Kitty Hawk
The company behind the futuristic aerial vehicle was financially backed by Google founder Larry Page.
The video, which is the first to feature a working prototype of the Kitty Hawk Flyer, shows an enthusiastic aviator flying the vehicle over a lake to meet up with a group of friends in a boat.

Described as an "all-electric aircraft", the vehicle is only able to operate over water but doen't require a pilot's license to operate because it falls under the "ultralight" FAA category.
According to the company, a consumer version of the Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available to purchase before the end of the year however it remains unclear exactly how much it will cost.

Those particularly keen to get their hands on one though can sign up for a $100 membership that will net them priority placement on the waiting list and a $2,000 discount.

Source: The Verge | Comments (22)

Tags: Kitty Hawk, Flying Car

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by oldrover on 24 April, 2017, 21:24
That'd be a hovercraft then. I'm sure we had those before. 
Comment icon #14 Posted by oldrover on 24 April, 2017, 21:27
During one of our lectures on pain in uni we were shown a man who was thrown from his boat. He been bent over facing the stern at the time. In amazingly bad piece of luck there was a big stake waiting for him. I don't still have the photo and wouldn't post it if I did, but you can guess where the stake went. The stake by the way was about 6" in diameter. 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Krater on 25 April, 2017, 6:58
I see decapitations in its future. Why are morons always dreaming about personal flying vehicles for the masses? The general public can barely drive. Can you imagine a sky full of flying idiots? Terrifying.
Comment icon #16 Posted by danielost on 25 April, 2017, 13:47
it is just a working jet pack minus the jets.  it also only works over water so it is a flying jetski.  did you also note that they never show her getting on or off it.  you would have to crawl over the safety netting.
Comment icon #17 Posted by danielost on 25 April, 2017, 13:49
read the story it only works over water.
Comment icon #18 Posted by FLOMBIE on 25 April, 2017, 15:37
No, it doesn't. It says it "is designed to operate over water". That is quite different. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Aten on 25 April, 2017, 17:09
Hmm, not very impressed really. Hey lets just scale up a drone etc..(but badly done)Steering looked dreadful(I suppose you can keep looping until you eventually get to your target. Sigh, its fun I'm sure, but flying car?, nowhere near anything like that! Surely millionaires (billionaires?) can come up with something better than this?
Comment icon #20 Posted by eddword on 25 April, 2017, 18:54
screw this dumb contraption. I would rather have the "Flyboard Air". It's much more practical and cooler looking flying machine. And it doesn't have all those high speed rotors , waiting to lop someones arm off!
Comment icon #21 Posted by danielost on 26 April, 2017, 3:39
you could use the same tech on a jet pack and it would be a much better machine.  
Comment icon #22 Posted by Chaldon on 26 April, 2017, 10:35
So pity all those devices seem to unable flying higher than 10-15 meters. Is it prohibited by law? What use of it if it cannot fly over treetops? What's the fun in flying over water, when a motor boat is just as good and even better? Flying is for crossing obstacles! Getting quickly into the wild. That's what flying for in my opinion.

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