Bizzare New FLYING CAR is Revealed by Google Co-Founder Larry Page – VIDEO
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Bizzare New FLYING CAR is Revealed by Google Co-Founder Larry Page – VIDEO

September 7, 2019

Bizzare New FLYING CAR is Revealed by Google
Co-Founder Larry Page – VIDEO Larry Page’s long-rumored “flying car” project
is finally ready for takeoff. Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by the Google
(GOOGL, Tech30) cofounder, unveiled its prototype for an “ultralight” aircraft that can take
off vertically — as long as you’re flying over open water. In a demonstration shared online Monday, the
Kitty Hawk Flyer is shown lifting off over a lake with the help of small propellers under
its base. The prototype looks less like a car than a
jet ski with wings. The Flyer is expected to go on sale by the
end of this year, according to the company’s website. The price has yet to be announced. The startup says it has received approval
from the Federal Aviation Administration for the aircraft to be flown in “uncongested areas.” Customers will not need a pilot’s license
to use it. “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,” Page said
in a statement provided to The New York Times, which was first to report the news. Related: As Uber makes a pitch for flying
cars, transit hype jumps the shark Nearly a year ago, Page was reported to have
invested more than $100 million in flying car startups. Reps for the company did not immediately respond
to a request for comment. Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Kitty Hawk and a former
Google exec who led the company’s self-driving car efforts, described the mission on Twitter
as nothing short of “changing the future of personal transportation.” If the Kitty Hawk prototype doesn’t exactly
look like the flying car of your sci-fi fantasies, you’re probably not alone. Several firms, including Aeromobil and Terrafugia,
are developing flying cars that look more like tiny planes than cars. Many rely on vertical takeoff and landing,
or VTOL, eliminating the need for a runway. The Kitty Hawk announcement also gets out
of in front of Uber, which is scheduled to hold an event Tuesday related to its own flying
car efforts. Page’s Google has a complicated relationship
with Uber. Google is an investor in the ride-hailing
startup, but Google’s self-driving car unit is currently suing Uber for allegedly stealing
its intellectual property. Kitty Hawk is the “flying car” company
that’s financially backed by Google founder Larry Page, and today it has published the
first video of its prototype aircraft. The company describes the Kitty Hawk Flyer
as an “all-electric aircraft” that is designed to operate over water and doesn’t
require a pilot’s license to fly. Kitty Hawk promises people will be able to
learn to fly the Flyer “in minutes.” A consumer version will be available by the
end of this year, the company says. The video is part commercial and part test
footage, starting with a lakeside conversation between friends about using the Flyer to meet
up before switching to what The New York Times says are shots of an aerospace engineer operating
the craft in Northern California. Got a tip for us? Use SecureDrop or Signal to securely send
messages and files to The Verge without revealing your identity. Kitty Hawk hasn’t said exactly what the
Flyer is for, nor has it set a price for the retail version. But the company is enticing eager pilots with
a $100 three-year membership that offers priority placement on a waiting list, company-branded
gear, and exclusive access to a flight simulator and company events. Members will also get a $2,000 discount off
the eventual retail price. AN EXPENSIVE TOY FOR YOUR NEXT TRIP TO THE
LAKE The Flyer is considered to be an Ultralight
aircraft per FAA regulations, which is why there’s no pilot’s license required. Kitty Hawk says that there are no plans to
ship the vehicle outside the US. Page also invested in another mysterious light
aircraft offshoot of Kitty Hawk called Zee.Aero. But he’s hardly alone in his interest. Industry giants like Airbus have proposed
multiple takes on a flying car, as have dozens of startups from around the world. And, coincidentally or not, Uber is holding
a conference in Texas this week about its own flying car ambitions. Update April 24th, 12PM ET: A representative
for Kitty Hawk has clarified that Zee.Aero, the other flying car company that Larry Page
has invested in, is actually a part of Kitty Hawk. The story has been updated to reflect this. NOW TRENDING LSD microdoses make people feel sharper, and
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