Watch Kitty Hawk's all-new personal flying vehicle take to the skies

Watch Kitty Hawk's all-new personal flying vehicle take to the skies

Kitty Hawk, a start up backed by Page that works in the field of aerial mobility invited prospective buyers to take their latest flying auto "Flyer" for a spin this Wednesday.

Flight time depends on environmental factors and if fat chaps like me are flying it, Kitty Hawk claim between 12 and 20 minutes.

Images and details were available at a freshly launched website, 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.

Kitty Hawk's Flyer is a personal flying vehicle which has been unveiled on June 6, after being redesigned and ending up looking nothing like the prototype it was based on.

The company is now accepting applications - by invitation only - for a test flight model, the Straits Times reported.

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The company opened for business previous year in California, and its prototype has been tested in New Zealand.

While several pre-orders have been made for The Flyer, Kitty Hawk has declined to reveal the sale price. It recently unveiled its flying auto prototype and hopes to offer rides to users by 2023. It has been created to carry a single passenger or cargo successfully, scaling a height of five metres for a duration of 53 seconds. The single-seat, electric Flyer is powered by 10 propellers and capable of vertical take-offs and landings.

Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun, who helped create Google's self-driving-car project, hopes the vehicles will one day be able to fly at up to 100 miles per hour over populated areas.

For safety reasons, Kitty Hawk is only testing the vehicle over water at a facility in Las Vegas.

At 15m away, Kitty Hawk said it sounded about as loud as a lawnmower, while from 75m away, the volume was like a loud conversation. Since then, the Flyer has received an update, and it's now open for test flights for people interested in placing preorders.

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