Look up for the answer to Perth's horror commute — Kitty Hawk's The Flyer
REPORTS this week that congestion in Perth is adding 25 minutes to the daily commute to work — the equivalent of 96 hours every year — could have many thinking of alternatives.
But before you reach for the bus and train timetables, we may have a much cooler option for you.
Google co-founder Larry Page is an investor in Kitty Hawk, a two-year-old start-up whose stated mission is “to make the dream of personal flight a reality”.
Kitty Hawk’s first prototype, dubbed the Flyer, is not exactly a flying car but more of a one-person drone that is capable of vertical take-off and landing and does not need wheels.
“‘Flying car’ might be a bit of a misnomer — more of an attention grabber,” admits self-driving car pioneer and Kitty Hawk chief executive Sebastian Thrun Thrun, who said he has been working with Mr Page and others to develop autonomous aerial vehicles.
“It feels like science fiction now,” Mr Thrun said. “But with Google and Amazon moving in, there is going to be enormous activity around this in the next year or two.”
The company’s first commercial offering — perhaps a little unimaginatively named The Flyer — is all electric and only takes about an hour to learn how to control.
Those sick of the daily commute can pre-order now, but there’s still no details on the price.
Who wants one?