Kitty Hawk, a aerial vehicle startup that's funded by Google cofounder Larry Page, opened its Flyer "flying car" for select test flights for businesses and social media influencers on Wednesday. The Flyer, which was designed as a recreational vehicle, has a flight time of 12 to 20 minutes on a full charge.
Images and details were available at a freshly launched website at flyer.aero, and CNN posted coverage of a reporter taking to the air in a Flyer over a lake at a test site near Las Vegas.
The Part 103 weight restriction effectively serves as a range limiter due to the weight of batteries, but eliminates the need to obtain aircraft certification or flight training. That means no advanced flight training is needed for one to be able to get onboard and fly to wherever.
While several pre-orders have been made for The Flyer, Kitty Hawk has declined to reveal the sale price.
Piloting Kitty Hawk is as easy as playing the video game Minecraft, chief executive Sebastian Thrun said in published reports.
The Flyer is a real product that interested parties can preorder through the company's website now.
This latest model by Kitty Hawk has been designed, built, and tested by a team led by 2013 Sikorsky prize victor and Guinness world record holder Todd Reichert.
An early model of the electric aircraft had 10 small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.
Several other flying auto models are also being tested, with Uber and other companies expressing interest, according to the report.
At a distance of 15m (50ft) away, the "car" is said to be as loud as the average lawnmower. Thrun is hoping to get the flying vehicles to go 50, 60 or even 100 miles per hour.