Flying car? Kitty Hawk’s first working prototype looks more like a flying raft.
Kitty Hawk — a startup company funded by Google cofounder Larry Page — unveiled the prototype of its first-ever “flying car” in a video posted to YouTube. Shortly thereafter, the video spread like wildfire across the internet.
At the time of writing this article, that video has amassed over 330,000 views in under 24 hours. It depicts the Kitty Hawk Flyer, which the startup company says it wants to produce commercially by the end of 2017.
“Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality,” Kitty Hawk writes on its website about the Flyer. “The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes.”
While Kitty Hawk says it wants to sell the Flyer by the end of the year, details about the flying car are hard to come by. The New York Times says the contraption weighs about 220 pounds and is powered by eight propellers. The Times also notes that the Flyer is incredibly loud.
As of yet, Kitty Hawk hasn’t listed any pricing estimates for the Flyer but — per The Verge — is offering three-year memberships for $100 that give purchasers priority placement on a waiting list for whenever the flyer is released. Members will also receive $2,000 off the Flyer’s eventual retail price.
Outside of those details, not much else is known about the Flyer, and Page hasn’t spoken with outlets about Kitty Hawk. He did, however, release a statement to the Times about his new company’s efforts.
“We’ve all had dreams of flying effortlessly,” Page said in his statement. “I’m excited that one day very soon I’ll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer for a quick and easy personal flight.”