The flying car may soon be a reality - and consumers have an opportunity to get in on the action early.
For $100, you can get priority placement on a wait list for the aircraft from Kitty Hawk, the flying car company financially backed by Google co-founder Larry Page. The Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available to consumers by the end of the year.
Until then, the one-time fee pays for a three-year membership that includes $2,000 discount off the retail price of the “all-electric” flying car and exclusive access to events promoting the car ahead of its release. The fee also pays for access to the team that invited the Flyer and company gear.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based company has not released the retail price for the car, and will not do so until the final product is available later this year. The hefty discount for members is valid for 60 days after the car is first released, according to the terms for the membership.
The membership is meant to attract interested customers, as other companies aim to create flying vehicles.
“We believe when everyone has access to personal flight, a new, limitless world of opportunity will open up to them,” the company said.
But this car won’t save you time in traffic.
The Flyer can only be flown in “uncongested areas” over fresh water. Additionally, flyers do not need a pilot’s license to operate the vehicle, and the company claims “you’ll learn to fly it in minutes.” (The Flyer is considered an ultralight aircraft under Federal Aviation Administration regulations, and therefore does not require a pilot’s license.)
Kitty Hawk revealed a video of the first prototype of the aircraft in action on Monday. The video shows a woman flying the aircraft over a lake and landing it on the water.
The aircraft shown in the video is not exactly what the car will look like, the company said. The design is still be finalized, but its capabilities are on now on display.
“As you can see it’s a bit rough around the edges, but we were so excited to show you its capabilities that we didn’t want to wait until we finished its design,” Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson of the Flyer Team at Kitty Hawk wrote in a message to prospective members.