'Exciting step' as test drives of flying auto begin

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Flyer was developed by Todd Reichert, Kitty Hawk's Director of Engineering, the same Canadian engineering talent behind world record-setting and human-powered vehicles like the AeroVelo Snowbird ornithopter, Atlas helicopter and Eta speed bike.

"Flyer is Kitty Hawk's first personal flying vehicle, and the first step to make flying a part of everyday life".

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Backed by Google co-founder, Larry Page, the company has been working on Flyer for approximately a year but has now opened a training facility so potential buyers can take a spin. Landing skids enable takeoff from land but are presumably designed for floatation, as the Flyer is meant to be used above water.

"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.

With its small fleet of Flyers, Kitty Hawk has already conducted about 1,500 flights among interested business partners and social influencers, CNN reported.

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Thrun said that securing public acceptance for the Flyer is the company's biggest priority.

Flight time is somewhere around 12 to 20 minutes, depending on pilot weight and the speed you're flying at. Flyer lifted into the air by 10 independent from each other screws and can realize vertical takeoff and landing.

The firm even says it is now making the futuristic flying vehicle available for test flights for those interested in pre-ordering the auto.

The current version can fly up to 20 miles per hour and 10 feet in the air.

At a distance of 15m (50ft) away, the "car" is said to be as loud as the average lawnmower. The price for a Flyer is yet to be announced, but potential customers can apply for an invitation to purchase one, according to Digital Trends.

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