Kitty Hawk's Flyer isn't the flying car you were promised

Kitty Hawk's Flyer isn't the flying car you were promised

With its unique engine and eight rotors, the Flyer is a very noisy vehicle at the moment. It has today shared the video of its enormous hovercraft's first flight over a scenic lake around 100 miles north of San Francisco on the interwebs.

Enter a Slovakian start-up AeroMobil that launched its flying auto in 2014 but when it test the vehicle in 2015 it crashed. Autopiloting electric vehicles powered by artificial intelligence, once only seen in fiction, are now in some cities, with a wider penetration only more imminent the longer it stays in traffic.

In 2013, Zee Aero, a Kitty Hawk division, became the object of Silicon Valley rumors when reports of a small air-taxilike vehicle first surfaced.

The Kitty Hawk team state that the Flyer is explicitly created to be flown over water - it has large floatation pods underneath for on the water landing, and in the promotional video is not shown flying higher than five or ten meters in the air.

In other flying auto news, Uber will host a three-day conference in Dallas starting Tuesday focused on "on-demand, urban air transportation".

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A video below shows Page's flying contraption in action. Instead of flying above the road like you may have envisioned, instead it'll fly over water.

You don't need a pilot's license to fly it, the company says, adding that you'll learn how to operate it in "minutes". It may happen as soon as this year, as at least one company is looking to deploy a commercial version of a mini helicopter that you'd be able to fly yourself. He did, however, release a statement to the Times about his new company's efforts.

If you ask Larry Page, co-founder and CEO of Alphabet (GOOGL), he'll tell you it is.

Page's Google has a complicated relationship with Uber. But the company is appealing to eager pilots with a $100 three-year membership. Test flyer Cimeron Morrissey wrote in a first-hand review that the final version will look quite different from the prototype which doesn't look all that practical.