Dream car flying high

The science-fiction dream of a personal aircraft that can zoom over congested highways may soon become reality.

Kitty Hawk, the California-based flying car company founded and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, is offering a glimpse of its upcoming aircraft: A single-person recreational vehicle.

The Kitty Hawk Flyer sports 10 battery-powered propellers and two control sticks, and looks like a human-sized drone, according to photos and videos of the final design posted to the Kitty Hawk website on Wednesday.

At first, it will be able to travel at 32kmh and fly up to 3m in the air, the company said.

Kitty Hawk did not say when the craft would go on sale or how much it would cost. It is likely the vehicle will first be made available to luxury resorts or clubs as a form of recreation over open water, similar to the water jet pack.

On its website, Kitty Hawk said the plan is to offer the aircraft as "part of a service similar to an airline or a ride-share", imagining this new form of transportation as akin to flying taxis.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'Dream car flying high'. Print Edition | Subscribe