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Kitty Hawk Flyer: The ‘flying car’ is a reality and can already be bought

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It is expected to go on sale later this year, although the price is still unknown
The Kitty Hawk Flyer wants to dominate the skies. The already baptized in the networks like “flying car” was presented in society this week, after years of development in secret. Unlike other prototypes, it is expected to be on sale later this year, according to the company that created it.

The vehicle is a mix between a watercraft and a Star Wars ship. It is only designed to fly over surfaces with water. “It looks and feels like a flying machine,” explained Cimeron Morrissey, a blogger who has been able to prove it.

Image of Kitty Hawk Flyer

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is electric, weighs about 100 kilos and can carry one person. It reaches a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour and can fly up to a height of 4.60 meters from the surface of the water. As seen in the images, the vehicle has the ability to make vertical landings and landings. Piloting is easy, they say, since you learn in a few hours.

The creators claim that the vehicle presented is a prototype, and that the one sold by the end of the year will look different. It is not yet known how much it will cost, but it is offered to those who want to enter the waiting list a discount of about 2,000 euros. To be on the list, yes, you have to pay almost 100 euros.

It is electric, unipersonal and reaches 40 km / h

The company that has developed it has had the attention of the capital of Silicon Valley for some years. The idea of ​​a flying car attracts: Larry Page, co-founder of Google, is one of the main investors in the firm, with about 100 million dollars contributed. The goal is to reinvent personal transport, a task in which it employs about one hundred workers.

As always, some find problems in the invention. As the New York Times reports, it is argued that if you can not even carry mobile batteries on planes, how you intend to fly with something equipped with them, says Missy Cummings, Duke University. MIT’s John Leonard, for his part, remembers that if there is a fault there is no possibility of getting off the road, so an accident is almost inevitable. “Silicon Valley is full of very intelligent people, but they do not always understand the laws of physics,” he concludes in reference to gravity.

LA VANGUARDIA – 04/26/2017 (Translation Soft)

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