IT MAY LOOK LIKE SOMETHING STRAIGHT OUT OF STAR-WARS… BUT “FLYING MOTORCYCLES” ARE ALMOST HERE. KPIX 5s DEVIN FEHELY SHOWS US — THEY COULD BE READY TO HIT THE SKY IN JUST A FEW SHORT YEARS. “KITTY HAWK CEO SEBASTIAN THRUN: Three years from now flying cars will be very hot.” [NATS] IF IT SEEMS LIKE THE STUFF OF SCIENCE FICTION… ENGINEER… ENTREPENEUR… AND ONE-TIME DRIVING FORCE BEHIND GOOGLE’s AUTONOMOUS CAR PROGRAM… SEBASTIAN THRUN SAYS FLYING CARS ARE JUST A FEW YEARS… NOT DECADES AWAY. “KITTY HAWK CEO SEBASTIAN THRUN: We should not be getting stuck in the Lincoln tunnel or the Bay Bridge anymore. You should just be able to hop on your flying motorcycle and go wherever you want to go. That is actually becoming reality now.” THAT WAS ONE OF THE HEADLINE- GRABBING ANNOUNCEMENTS THRUN MADE DURING HIS TALK ON DAY TWO OF TECH CRUNCH IN SAN FRANCISCO. [NATS] “We actually believe we’ll have our first product ready in February of next year. And it’s more of like a flying motorcycle than a flying car.” [NATS] THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE: KIND OF LIKE AN AIRBORNE JET SKI. SEBASTIAN SAYS THE TECHNOLOGY COULD SOMEDAY REVOLUTIONIZE TRANSPORTATION… AS THE INNOVATIONS BEHIND SELF-DRIVING CARS… AND DRONES… MERGE. “KITTY HAWK CEO SEBASTIAN THRUN: It’s an electric aircraft. And everything that’s hard about flying is done by the computer — all the wind computation stuff. And I get a joy stick interface that’s just like a video game. And it’s just as much fun as a video game but it’s real.” IF TWO OR THREE YEARS SEEMS LIKELY AN OVERLY- OPTIMISTIC ESTIMATE ABOUT WHEN FLYING VEHICLES MIGHT BE ON THE MARKET… SEBASTIAN SAYS MUCH LIKE SELF- DRIVING CARS… TECHNOLOGY WILL OUTPACE REGULATIONS… LEAVING THE RULEMAKERS STRUGGLING TO CATCH UP. IN SAN FRANCISCO, DEVIN FEHELY, KPIX 5. A BAY AREA WOMAN FOUND AN UNUSUAL PASSENGER IN HER S-U-V… WEDGED BEHIND THE DASHBOARD!