Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

The New Electric Flying Car From Google Co-Founder Larry Page

The New Electric Flying Car From Google Co-Founder Larry Page

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The quick training time makes the flying vehicle more accessible, according to Sebastian Thrun, a self-driving auto innovator and CEO of Kitty Hawk.

The electric aircraft had 10 small lift rotors on its wings.

Images and details were available at a freshly launched website, flyer.aero, and CNN posted coverage of a reporter taking to the air in a Flyer over a lake at a test site near Las Vegas.

You may remember Kitty Hawk as a company financed by Google founder Larry Page. So far, the vehicle has been tested in New Zealand.

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Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X lab devoted to "moonshots" such as self-driving cars and internet-synched eyewear, was quoted by CNN as saying piloting Flyer was as easy playing the video game "Minecraft".

"Our immediate priority is to invite small groups of people - customers, influencers, media and community members - to experience the freedom of flight here in our newly opened training facility". The company has not disclosed an actual maximum speed or ceiling, nor a process for qualifying pilots to fly the aircraft above solid ground at potentially risky heights.

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.

At a distance of 15m (50ft) away, the "car" is said to be as loud as the average lawnmower. The Flyer is essentially a drone big enough to carry a person, and according to its designers the controls can be mastered in as little as an hour. The Flyer, which was designed as a recreational vehicle, has a flight time of 12 to 20 minutes on a full charge.

Several other flying auto models are also being tested, with Uber and other companies expressing interest, according to the report. Startup Kitty Hawk is ready to make that dream a reality with the Flyer, a new all-electric ultralight plane.

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