Many companies including Airbus, Boeing and the ridesharing giant Uber are in a race to bring personal flying vehicles to the masses. A startup called Kitty Hawk led by former Google employee Sebastian Thrun may be the closest yet. There latest design named “Flyer” has more than 25,000 successful flights.
The flyer is a one-person aircraft that looks like an oversized drone. It weighs 250 pounds, has 10 battery-powered propellors, and uses two joysticks for control. This aircraft won’t be breaking any altitude or speed records since it has a maximum elevation of 10 feet and a top speed of 20 mph. According to the company the Flyer can take off and land vertically and is so easy to fly that a person with no experience can learn it in 15 minutes.
As of this writing, there’s no word on pricing or availability.