Flying car startup backed by Google founder offers test flights. A flying car project which was backed by the co-founder of Google, Larry Page is all set to take-off on Wednesday. The entire project was funded by Kitty Hawk who has described the model as “an exciting first step to sharing the freedom of flight.”
The company was set up last year in the hometown of Google of Mountain View, California and since then have been testing the model in New Zealand.
All the details along with the images were freshly available at a newly launched website at http://flyer.aero and a media channel named CNN has posted the full coverage during its first take off at a test site near Las Vegas.
Kitty Hawk said, “Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future.”
She further said that the company’s immediate priority is to invite small groups of people which include influencers, customers, community members as well as media personnel for experiencing the freedom of flight there in the newly launched training facility of Google.
People those who are interested in buying Flyers can visit their newly launched official website and apply for an invitation with no price specified.
The Flyer is best described as an ultralight aircraft, which means it needs weight less than 254 pounds. It cannot be flown at night or over people. It totally runs on electricity which hovers around 10 feet above the water by reaching speeds of 20 mph and delivering about 20 minutes of the fight before its battery need to be recharged.
As of now, the Flyer is a very expensive toy. Google is opening shortly its test flight program to business partners and various social influencers. But it is still unclear with the fact that how much the Flyer will cost or when it will go on sale. However, Kitty Hawk is taking pre-order reservations.
The Flyer had ten small lift rotors on its wings by making it capable of verticle take-off and landing like a helicopter. The first test flight was done over water with the maximum speed of over 32 kilometres per hour along with an altitude of not more than three to four metres.
Earlier, during the beginning of this year, Kitty Hawk unveiled a larger and self-flying electric taxi named Cora which is not burdened by the Flyer’s weight requirements. However, Cora is launching first in New Zealand this year.