Larry Page’s Kitty Hawk company unveils single-seat flying vehicle

Muriel Colon
June 10, 2018

Created by a firm backed by Larry Page, who founded the search engine giant, a version of the prototype "Flyer" vehicle was filmed making its maiden voyage.

Cora is a double air taxis equipped with electric motors.

Although the company has not made Flyer's price tag public, it is taking pre-orders on it's website.

The company is now accepting applications - by invitation only - for a test flight model, the Straits Times reported. A future where flying cars would be a reality did not seem impossible because technology was progressing in leaps and bounds.

The uncovered cockpit appears to be big enough for one person.

With the flying vehicle segment being more competitive than ever, we can expect to FLY in 5 years. Modern U.S. laws do not allow such vehicles to fly at night or over people, so the test was conducted over water. The company says most people are able to confidently fly it in under two hours.

While Kitty Hawk is developing single-seat and two-seat aircraft, other companies are looking at vehicles that seat from four to six, imagining this new form of transportation as akin to a flying taxi cab.

Far easier to fly than a helicopter, Crane said she doesn't have a pilot's license and only needed an hour's training before getting behind the controls for her successful flight.

The battery life on this flyer is quite small.

Establishment of air traffic rules and control systems plus vehicle safety standards need to be set in place before it hits the market. Cora is a two-seater electric aircraft which is meant to be used as flying taxis.

Flight time depends on environmental factors and if fat chaps like me are flying it, Kitty Hawk claim between 12 and 20 minutes. 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 unsafe heights. But the question remains - when will they really hit the market?

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