Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Google co-founder's flying vehicle company is taking pre-orders

Google co-founder's flying vehicle company is taking pre-orders

At first, it will go about 32km per hour and fly up to 3 metres in the air, the company said.

Because of the way in which is built and because it will be used only over water, the Flyer falls under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) regulations for ultralight aircraft, which means no pilot's license is needed to be able to fly it. The personal vehicles are available for pre-order.

Test drives are underway for the Kitty Hawk Flyer, which is being called a "flying auto". Flight training, however, is "highly encouraged", according to the company's website.

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

Piloting Kitty Hawk is as easy as playing the video game Minecraft, chief executive Sebastian Thrun said in published reports. The firm also plans to invite business partners and social influencers to fly the machine which should help the public, and lawmakers, become aware that these vehicles exist and what their capabilities are. Its price has not yet been disclosed. It's meant to be flown over water, hence the pontoons on the bottom of the aircraft.

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The other, dubbed Cora, is a two-seat electric aircraft with 13 rotors that takes off and lands vertically and is designed as a transportation alternative in cities.

Several other flying auto models are also being tested, with Uber and other companies expressing interest, according to the report.

At a distance of 50ft the Flyer will sound like a lawnmower and a loud conversation at 250ft.

Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun, who helped create Google's self-driving-car project, hopes the vehicles will one day be able to fly at up to 100 miles per hour over populated areas.

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