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Amazing Flying Car Startup ‘project Kitty Hawk’ Financed By Google Co-founder Larry Page Begins Test Flights

A FLYING CAR PROJECT BACKED BY GOOGLE CO-FOUNDER LARRY PAGE WAS CLOSER TO TAKE-OFF ON WEDNESDAY, WITH A MODEL FOR TEST FLIGHTS BY ASPIRING BUYERS. KITTY HAWK, FUNDED BY PAGE, UNVEILED A “FLYER” MODEL IT DESCRIBED AS “AN EXCITING FIRST STEP TO SHARING THE FREEDOM OF FLIGHT.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The flying car is the ‘white whale’ of inventions, something so long fantasized about, promised in nearly every decade for the past 70 years, and yet so impossibly far away from becoming reality. Until today. Flying car startup Kitty Hawk, awash in Google search engine money from Larry Page, has successfully brought the 21st century marvel to the test flight stage. Will this revolutize the transportation industry, or will it wind up becoming just an interesting novelty like the Segway? Time will tell, but I would absolutely take one for a spin if I could. 

The company was created last year in Google’s home town of Mountain View, California, and has been testing a prototype in New Zealand. Images and details were available at a freshly launched website at flyer.aero, and CNN posted coverage of a reporter taking to the air in a Flyer over a lake at a test site near Las Vegas. Visit the Kitty Hawk flying car site here.

Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun, who founded the Google X lab devoted to “moonshots” such as self-driving cars and internet-synced eyewear, was quoted by CNN as saying piloting Flyer was as easy playing the video game “Minecraft.”

“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 spokeswoman told AFP.