A car company backed by Google’s co founder, Larry Page, just released its first video footage of their prototype in action, a “flying car” they call Kitty Hawk.
According to the company, the Kitty Hawk Flyer, is a fully electric aircraft that can fly over water and guess what? it doesn’t require drivers to have a pilot’s license to fly. Kitty Hawk is also very easy to fly, the company asserts that any user can learn to use the vehicle in just minutes.
From the video above, you can see that Kitty Hawk Flyer is shown lifting off over a lake. Although it looks much less like a ‘flying car’, the company says that they received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the first iteration of the vehicle in un-congested areas.
We’ve all had dreams of flying effortlessly. I’m excited that, one day very soon, I’ll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer for a quick and easy personal flight. – Larry Page
Kitty Hawk is expected to be made available by the end of this year (2017), but sadly not in all regions, Kitty Hawk says that there are no plans to ship the vehicle outside the US. For now nothing has been said about it’s price, according to the FAQ, this is yet to be determined.
“The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes.”
Lawrence “Larry” Edward Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.
Page is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. After stepping aside as Google CEO in August 2001 in favour of Eric Schmidt, he re-assumed the role in April 2011. He announced his intention to step aside a second time in July 2015 to become CEO of Alphabet, under which Google’s assets would be reorganized. Under Page, Alphabet is seeking to deliver major advancements in a variety of industries.
In November 2016, he is the 12th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$36.9 billion.