Technology Another flying car just had a test flight in Germany

15:11  21 april  2017
15:11  21 april  2017 Source:   CNET

This is the 'flying car' backed by Google's co-founder

  This is the 'flying car' backed by Google's co-founder While we all wait for fully self-driving vehicles to make their debut in showrooms nationwide, another hot concept is preparing to take flight later this year: the flying car. On Monday, Kitty Hawk — the startup earning an investment from Google co-founder Larry Page — unveiled the Kitty Hawk Flyer, an ultralight aircraft launching later this year. Pricing will be revealed closer to launch.The Flyer basically looks like a giant drone, with the driver sitting on top. It falls under the ultralight category, according to Federal Aviation Administration regulations. However, owners won't need a pilot's license to operate one.

I know, you've heard it all before and so have I. But this latest flying car prototype at least looks cool.

I know, you've heard it all before, and so have I. But this latest flying car prototype at least looks cool.

Another flying car just had a test flight in Germany © Provided by CNET Another flying car just had a test flight in Germany

It's no roadster from "The Jetsons" or "Back to the Future." But all the same, if a new test vehicle is any indication, we may finally get our wish for a flying car. Well, at least someday.

Meet the Lilium Jet, a funky carlike thing with 36-propellers spread across its wings. Despite its seemingly small design, the company claims it can fly five people nearly 200 miles in an hour, all powered by an electric battery. What's more, it takes off vertically.

Now, we've heard promises of flying cars before, sure. And you should be skeptical. But Wired actually got to see a full-size prototype take off, land and fly a short distance. So, that's a step in the right direction, yes?

It'll still be a while before the future truly arrives. But in the meantime, here's a video from the company, of the prototype's maiden voyage.

Planes diverted around Toronto skies while Canada's busiest runway gets a facelift .
Planes diverted around Toronto skies while Canada's busiest runway gets a faceliftCrews have already started work on a portion of Runway 05-23 and the tarmac is scheduled to be completely shut down on April 24.

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