Kitty Hawk, the “flying car” company that’s backed by Google founder Larry Page, just launched its first video footage of their prototype in action.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer, as the company describes, is a completely electric aircraft that can fly over water and won’t need drivers to have a pilot’s license to fly. The company also stated that anyone who wants to drive the vehicle will be able to learn how to do so in just minutes.
In the prototype video, the Kitty Hawk Flyer is shown lifting off over a lake. And while it certainly looks a lot more like a jet ski with wings—and much less like a flying car—the company says that they have already received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the first iteration of the vehicle in uncongested areas.
“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 to the New York Times.
Best of all, Kitty Hawk is prepping to bring their vehicle into commercial production by the end of this year (2017). Yes, you will be able to buy one this year; however, when it does become available for sale, it will likely face some rigid competition from other manufacturers.
Eventually, there is a host of individuals and companies working on flying cars. For example, there’s Lithium Aviation, AeroMobil, and PAL-V, who have been pushing to get their own versions of an all-electric airborne vehicle into the market in recent months.