In many ways, it operates a lot like a drone you can pilot from on top of it - it's powered by 10 motor propellers that are self-stabilized, and is meant to be simple and easy to control.
Kitty Hawk has revealed its first production-bound personal aircraft, the Flyer.
The flyer is just the beginning of a larger plan to eliminate traffic on the ground entirely said Todd Reichert the lead engineer of the project. The price for a Flyer is yet to be announced, but potential customers can apply for an invitation to purchase one, according to Digital Trends.More news: Trump wants Russian Federation to rejoin G-7
Instead, Kitty Hawk says it wants to partner with companies to establish fleets of Flyers around the world for recreational users to enjoy.
Flight time depends on environmental factors and if fat chaps like me are flying it, Kitty Hawk claim between 12 and 20 minutes.
Thrun noted that the Flyer is much easier to use than a helicopter because it doesn't require as much flying experience in order to operate. "You definitely feel the vibrations". The company also seems to be suggesting it'll make flights available as a leisure experience, which strikes us as a great solution, particularly if the guys in charge quietly keep a remote control on hand in case a pilot gets out of their depth. While the prototype was merely a quadcopter with a seat, the Flyer seen at Lake Las Vegas comes closer to looking like an actual vehicle.
"The No. 1 most important thing other than safety for us is societal acceptance", he told CNN. A person's head pokes out of the Flyer, so it looks like you're sitting in a go-cart. The quick training time makes the flying vehicle more accessible, according to Sebastian Thrun, a self-driving auto innovator and CEO of Kitty Hawk.