U.S. company Kitty Hawk unveils flying car prototype

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

Kitty Hawk, the flying auto company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has begun taking pre-orders for its newest model.

Instead, Kitty Hawk says it wants to partner with companies to establish fleets of Flyers around the world for recreational users to enjoy. That said, even if it did, the aircraft is only meant for flying over water and only flies between three and ten feet off of the surface, so even a worst-case scenario would only involve a short plop into the water.

The Flyer is powered by lithium polymer batteries and provides a fully stabilised flight experience by utilising data from multiple smart sensors to make flying intuitive and easy, says the official website. The company hasn't publicly disclosed a sale price. The company also launched a new website, flyer.aero, to demonstrate the new flying auto.

"Our immediate priority is to invite small groups of people - customers, influencers, media and community members - to experience the freedom of flight here in our newly opened training facility".

The company is now accepting applications - by invitation only - for a test flight model, the Straits Times reported. Additionally, the travelling speed is limited to 20 miles per hour.

Initially focused on personal recreation, the small aircraft has a wingspan of 13 feet and takes off vertically (VTOL) via 10 independent lift fans.

At 15m away, Kitty Hawk said it sounded about as loud as a lawnmower, while from 75m away, the volume was like a loud conversation. At the current stage of development of the flyer can fly for 12-20 minutes over the water. Since then, the Flyer has received an update, and it's now open for test flights for people interested in placing preorders.