AFTER years of rumours, Google co-founder Larry Page has finally unveiled his flying car — and the news is a bit of a shock.
imagining Page was fine tuning a futuristic flying family vehicle for
the past few years will be in for a surprise with the revelation that
the Kitty Hawk looks like the hybrid of a drone and a jet ski and could
have the worst features of both.
now you can forget about those dreamings of beating the morning rush
hour and prepare for yet another noisy device to attack the serenity of a
day on the water.
The driver, or pilot, sits on what is similar to a jet ski seat on
top of a grid of netting that, presumably, protects the pilot from
injuring themselves on the four-spinning propellers keeping the unit
above the ground.
Page, in a statement to The New York Times, said
“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.”
This first version of the Kitty Hawk, that Page hopes might be
available for sale by the end of a year, is a one-person vehicle that
can only be flown over freshwater and in uncongested areas — so no
buzzing people down a crowded beach and, also, no flying around on the
school run or down to the shops for milk.
The good news for those
hoping to one day have a flying car of their own is that the Kitty Hawk
Flyer is, at least technically, an ultralight and does not require a
At the Kitty Hawk FAQ site, the company says the price for the first
commercially available vehicle will be announced closer to the expected
launch date later this year.
In the meantime, it is selling membership at US$100 a pop to receive
exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a US$2000 discount off the sales
price when it is released.