Google co-founder's flying car company is taking pre-orders

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Kitty Hawk Flyer (Kitty Hawk)

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

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The California-based company revealed the final version of the Kitty Hawk Flyer on Wednesday, saying it will begin offering test flights for interested buyers. The single-seat, electric Flyer is powered by 10 propellers and capable of vertical take-offs and landings. It’s operated using two control sticks, and a pilot’s license isn’t required.

The current version can fly up to 20 miles per hour and 10 feet in the air. The Flyer, which was designed as a recreational vehicle, has a flight time of 12 to 20 minutes on a full charge.

Kitty Hawk—named after the North Carolina town where the Wright brothers made their famous flights—previously unveiled a prototype of the Flyer early last year. The prototype featured protective netting around the cockpit and used pontoons as landing gear. The company hopes to develop a personal flying vehicle to reduce traffic.

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Pricing for the Flyer has yet to be revealed, and Kitty Hawk didn’t disclose when it will begin deliveries.

Kitty Hawk’s other model, the Cora, is a two-seat vehicle designed as alternative transportation in cities. The Cora, currently undergoing tests in New Zealand, could be used as part of a ride-sharing or taxi service, according to the company.

Kitty Hawk Flyer (Kitty Hawk)

Uber and a host of startups are working on flying cars. A Porsche executive also hinted that the German sports car maker could build a flying car in the future.

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