Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

This is the first footage of Larry Page's 'flying car'

This is the first footage of Larry Page's 'flying car'

Kitty Hawk ran this test pilot at a lake near San Francisco, the New York Times reports, and as you can see it resembles more a motorcycle than a vehicle per se, with an open-air design and pontoons to facilitate its water landing.

At the bottom of the frame are two large pontoons - as this first version of the aircraft is specifically created to fly over water. The FAA considers it an ultralight aircraft, which do not require a pilot's license to fly. The vehicle aired just 15 feet above the water, circled over the lake close to the shore and steered back to a floating landing pad at the end of a dock after a few minutes. Being the CEO of Kitty Hawk, he'll be launching a flying auto at the end of this year.

Plonking down a small $100 deposit ahead of the late 2017 release will get a $2,000 discount when the time comes, but there's no news on the official pricing and release date yet. The Kitty Hawk Flyer is approved to fly in uncongested areas under the US Federal Aviation Authority's ultralightweight category.

The prototype looks and feels a lot like a flying motorcycle.

Kitty Hawk plans to put its flyer on sale by the end of the year.

"We've all had dreams of flying effortlessly". He has reportedly spent $100 million or more on flying-car startups, including Zee.Aero, whose flying auto was spotted in Hollister in October.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a fully-electric aircraft with eight rotors that weights about 220 pounds and seats one person.

. Which are you more excited about? She added that the commercial version of the Flyer "will have a very different design" from the prototype, but no other details, or prices, are yet available.

The company has not provided any indication about how much the Flyer could cost or where it will be available to buy.

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