Friday, 22 June, 2018

'Exciting step' as test drives of flying car begin

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Russell Knight | 10 June, 2018, 17:03

Here's a look at how the Flyer evolved, how it works, and what the latest version looks like in action.

No price as yet but they do have a Founder Flyers group that you can apply online to join. What's more is that the company claims that anybody can learn how to fly this vehicle in the span of one hour.

Also, Kitty Hawk is being cautious about pushing the speedometer when testing them over land, keeping it around 10 miles per hour.

"Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future", a Kitty Hawk spokeswoman was quoted by AFP.

CNN got an exclusive ride in the new Flyer, which upped the propeller count to ten rotors. The flying auto is now available for pre-order.

As a safety precaution, pilots are only allowed to fly the vehicle up to 6mph. Due to its lightness and its small size (4,2×2,6 m), the flyer can reach speeds of about 32 km per hour.

There are 10 electric fans powered by a lithium-ion battery, and on a full charge the flight time varies from 12 to 20 minutes, depending on the weight of the pilot and the flight speed.

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"It's as easy to use as playing 'Minecraft, '" he said.

Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

"The same is not true for a helicopter". While we did get to see an earlier iteration of Flyer past year the new model is much sleeker, futuristic looking, and generally looks more like a finished product. That means no advanced flight training is needed for one to be able to get onboard and fly to wherever.

Thrun has visions of the Flyer and other flying cars becoming commonplace in society. Kitty Hawk has not said how much the vehicles would cost.

"In the distant future, I can see that maybe we take something similar and fly it into NY or Manhattan", Thrun said.

The Flyer's chief engineer wants to equip the vehicle with a parachute so that people can safely fly it higher.

"If the training will take less than an hour, this opens up possibilities for flying to nearly everyone".

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