A Silicon Valley startup company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page revealed their flying car prototype Monday.
ABC News reports that Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, have revealed their flying car prototype and believes that a consumer-ready version will be available for purchase by the end of the year.
The current version of the vehicle has the driver sitting atop the 220-pound machine and lifted upwards by eight battery-powered propellers beneath them. The vehicle can now travel at speeds of up to 25mph.
Kitty Hawk states that learning to control the vehicle takes only “minutes” and no license is required to operate the vehicle. The device is currently limited, however, as the vehicle is only allowed to be operated over fresh water in “uncongested areas of the US,” states Kitty Hawk on their website.
While the vehicle is still being improved upon, Cameron Robertson, one of the engineers behind the device, stated, “I think it demonstrates a vision of the future.”
Sebastian Thrun, founding director of Google’s X lab and CEO of Kitty Hawk, has stated that anyone who pays a $100 membership fee to be part of the Kitty Hawk community will receive a $2000 discount off a flying vehicle at a later date, but the company has yet to reveal how much one of the vehicles will ultimately retail for.