The flying auto has arrived

Flying car test flight over Las Vegas

Eventually, Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun hopes that it will only take five minutes before riders are ready to pilot the Flyer.

Google co-founder Larry Page has been invested in making flying cars a reality and it nearly happened this Wednesday.

Google co-founder Larry Page is one of the people helping to finance the Flyer, the connection apparently forged during Thrun's time with Google's autonomous auto unit (today called Waymo), which he helped to launch. Modern U.S. laws do not allow such vehicles to fly at night or over people, so the test was conducted over water.

Far easier to fly than a helicopter, Crane said she doesn't have a pilot's license and only needed an hour's training before getting behind the controls for her successful flight.

"Making Flyer accessible, which is what we do at our Lake Las Vegas training facility, helps more people experience the freedom and possibilities of vehicles of the future", a Kitty Hawk spokesman told AFP. The company has not disclosed an actual maximum speed or ceiling, nor a process for qualifying pilots to fly the aircraft above solid ground at potentially unsafe heights. Its price has not yet been disclosed. The aircraft will first run at 20 miles an hour and can climb to 10 feet into the air, the report added. Battery life is said to be 12 to 20 minutes, depending on speed and pilot weight.

Several other flying vehicle models are also being tested, with Uber and other companies expressing interest, according to the report.

Because it's powered by motors rather than internal combustion engines, Kitty Hawk says the Flyer will be significantly quieter than other ultralight aircraft, promising that it's only as loud as a lawnmower from 50 feet away. Those interested in buying one for themselves can apply to preorder through its website.

In the video, the 250lb flying vehicle is seen coasting above the water thanks to its new propellers, which have been increased from eight to ten rotors.

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