With more than $100 million worth of investment for the startup, Google co-founder Larry Page finally debuts the Kitty Hawk, a Silicon-Valley startup named for the Wright Brothers’ first controlled flight aircraft.
Featuring an an all-electric ultralight one-seater that can be referred to as an octocopter, the aircraft is guaranteed “safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas,” the company said in a statement. “You don’t need a pilot’s license, and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes.”
“We’ve all had dreams of flying effortlessly. I’m excited that one day very soon I’ll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer for a quick and easy personal flight,” Page said in a statement provided to The New York Times, which was first to report the news.
In a demonstration shared online on Monday, the Kitty Hawk Flyer is shown lifting off over a lake with the help of small propellers under its base. The prototype looks less like a car than a jet ski with wings.
Enthusiasts will be able to purchase the aircraft by the end of this year, according to the company’s website. However, no price has been confirmed yet.
Watch the aircraft’s test-drive below: