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New flying vehicle backed by Google co-founder is ready for takeoff

10 June, 2018, 17:05 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
  • Sebastian Thrun CEO of Kitty Hawk

The firm also intends on fitting Flyer with a parachute to make it even safer. As long as he can take off and land only on water.

The commercial vehicle is powered by a lithium-polymer battery, which can be used for about 20 minutes before it needs recharging.

The device has small dimensions - 4,2 2,6 m - and intuitive control.

While several pre-orders have been made for The Flyer, Kitty Hawk has declined to reveal the sale price.

"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.

The flying auto company, Kitty Hawk, has shown off its latest iteration of the Flyer, a single seater "flying car" that's controlled with a single joystick.

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Kitty Hawk, which was founded in Google's hometown Mountain View, California, has been conducting test flights in New Zealand, the AFP report said.

Recall that in Ukraine have perfected the airplane "Dolphin". It recently unveiled its flying vehicle prototype and hopes to offer rides to users by 2023.

Initially focused on personal recreation, the small aircraft has a wingspan of 13 feet and takes off vertically (VTOL) via 10 independent lift fans. In the U.S., the Flyer falls under the FAA's rules for ultralight aircraft, meaning no pilot's license is needed so long as it's flown over water or "uncongested areas". This enables it to complete a vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter. In terms of safety, Kitty Hawk has now chose to limit altitude to between 3 to 10 ft (0.9 to 3 m), and maximum speed to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h).

In addition, the one-person drone doesn't require a pilot's license to fly (in the U.S.), similar to motorized ultra-lights and other recreational aircraft under 254 pounds.

Kitty Hawk raised $5 million in a funding round led by Santa Monica-based seed fund Bonfire Ventures, along with participation from Boeing HorizonX Ventures and Freestyle Capital, a company statement said.

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