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'"Godfather of self-driving cars' says his flying vehicle will be ready in February

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Sebastian Thrun has set his sights on flying cars.

Speaking at a conference this week, Thrun referred to flying cars as 'completely crazy' but said that he believes the world is ready for the 'next big thing.'

He also revealed that his firm, Kitty Hawk, will have its first flying vehicle – which is more like a motorcycle than car - ready by February 2018.


Thrun was speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this week, where is explained why he believes air travel will become a daily occurrence in the near future





WHAT IS A KITTY HAWK?
Kitty Hawk is an electrical aircraft that resembles a flying jet ski, but it doesn't require a pilot's license to fly.

The vehicle weighs around 220lbs (100kg) and can hit speeds of up to 25 miles per hour (40kph).

According to the Kitty Hawk site, the machine is 'safe, tested and legal to operate in the US', as long as it is flown in 'uncongested areas.'

Users can learn to fly the strange vehicle in minutes, the company claims.

The prototype can only fly around 10 metres (33 feet) over water, and the video of the vehicle shows it gliding over a lake in California.

The company is offering a $2000 (£1560) discount to those willing to pay an early $100 (£78) deposit for a vehicle now, though it has not said how much the vehicles will cost.

This prepayment will grant the discount as well as some early test flights with the Kitty Hawk, according to The New York Times.



 
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WHAT IS A KITTY HAWK?
Kitty Hawk is an electrical aircraft that resembles a flying jet ski, but it doesn't require a pilot's license to fly.
nope!

this is a Kittyhawk (P-40D)
 

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No, no, this is Kitty Hawk
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kitty_Hawk_(CV-63)


Oh, and the FAA isn't going to let that "pilot's license" thing slide. There isn't laws to require it now, but there will be. People operating these need to understand their relationship with other aircraft operating in the area. That's enforced through licensing.
 
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How people drive here I would ban them from being in control of an aircraft, too many a-a and a-g incidents would occur.
 
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no special stuff to fly + my area's methhead and druggies = nono
 
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