Before I get into the details of this amazing new machinery straight out of our imaginations and cartoons, let us appreciate what a wonderful time it is to be alive. We are so close to the flying cars we used to see in the Jetsons (a cartoon show that used to air on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s).
Imagine everybody having their own flying cars, no more traffic problems or road maintenance problems because the sky will be your road. Now let us talk about this amazing new flying car, how it works and who is working on it.
Kitty Hawk is the company that has been stirring up interest lately with their personal flying experience program, where they let people test the Kitty Hawk Flyer. This company is supported by Google co-founder Larry Page and with all the news outlets covering it, there are high expectations in this company. The company has based its test flying facility in Las Vegas Nevada.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer is environment-friendly as it is an electric aircraft. It is lifted by 10 battery powered propellers and is operated by a joystick. By the looks of the Flyer, it seems to be inspired from the designs of drones that use the same mechanism of using propellers to fly and a joystick to control it. The Flyer can carry only one person almost like in a kayak.
The most intriguing thing about this aircraft is that it only requires about 2 hours of training to learn how to fly it. The Flyer has a flight control system that allows the pilot to fly it with minimal effort. The Kitty Hawk Flyer is not the only product Kitty Hawk is working as Cora a self-flying aerial taxi that is similar to the Flyer but runs on Self-Flying software with human supervision.
Kitty Hawk recently invited YouTuber Casey Neistat to test the Flyer, he documented the whole experience in his 368 vlogs which you can watch in his YouTube channel.
The Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun stated in an interview with CNBC that flying in the sky for us could be possible within 5 years. Kitty Hawk is not the only company working on a consumer-ready personal aircraft. Aircraft manufacturing giants like Boeing and Airbus are also working on their versions of it. Even the ride-sharing taxi cab giant Uber is working on their aerial taxi.
Even with all these advancements in this technology, there are still improvements to be made before it is actually ready for consumer use. The Flyer can only operate for 20 minutes as flying requires massive energy, which we currently do not have the technology to support. This is why currently there are no electrical or hybrid aircraft available commercially.
Owning a flying car now being a reachable and possible future, the world of technology is bringing our imaginations to life. Soon you might be able to fly to your work or anywhere from your home, making your rooftop or parking space a take-off zone. The possibilities are truly endless.