Flying Cars: Coming to an Uncongested Area Near You

Flying Cars: Coming to an Uncongested Area Near You

"Your flying dreams will never be the same", says the company website.

Kitty Hawk is also encouraging those interested to purchase a three-year "Flyer Discovery Membership" for $100 fee. "But unlike a helicopter, the Flyer is 100 percent electric and powered by eight rotors". Last year, the news came out that Alphabet's Larry Page had funded two flying tech startups, Kitty Hawk and Zee.Aero.

"We do not intend to restrict the location from which you place an order for the Flyer except for embargoed countries, however we do not have current plans to ship the vehicle overseas", Kitty Hawk says on its website. The Kitty Hawk Flyer is "safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations", according to its website, and was designed for flying over water.

It basically looks like a very big octocopter, much like drone builders have been toying with for a few years now, only scaled up to human-operated scale.

Under the U.S. regulations it is classified - we can assume the Kitty Hawk Flyer weighs less than 115kg, and cannot be flown faster than 100km/h, can be flown by a single person only (no passengers) and must only be flown in uncongested airspace.

A dream to fly is one many share, and a new start-up in Silicon Valley will be making that dream a reality as it releases "Personal Flying Machines" for sale to the general public, available by the end of 2017 itself. Kitty Hawk says it can "hold an altitude of up to 15 feet" and is created to fly over fresh water.

The company's CEO is Sebastian Thrun, who founded Google X, which was responsible for innovations such as Google Glass, balloon internet connectivity initiative Project Loon and self-driving cars.

Truth be told it's hardly a auto and more of an airborne jet-ski which is good because the Flyer isn't exactly meant to be your ride into the office everyday.

"The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft". You also get priority placement on the Flyer customer wait list and a $2,000 discount off the final price which will be announced closer to the market launch.

A representative from Kitty Hawk has not responded to request for comment.

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