Kitty Hawk halts work on original flying car project

Shawn Knight

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Flyer was one of the more ambitious flying vehicle projects to emerge in recent memory. Work on the craft started nearly five years ago with Kitty Hawk first sharing it with the public in mid-2017. Over its lifetime, Kitty Hawk built 111 examples that were flown by more than 75 people. In total, the company said it conducted more than 25,000 successful flights, crewed and uncrewed.

In an exchange with TechCrunch, Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun noted that no matter how hard they looked, they could not find a path to a viable business for Flyer.

As such, the team will be doubling down on Heaviside as its primary platform. Announced late last year, Heaviside is a more powerful vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle that can reach speeds of up to 180 mph and has a range of around 100 miles. It is 100 times quieter than a traditional helicopter, can be flown manually or autonomously and can even be piloted over cities.

According to the company, it can fly from San Jose to San Francisco in just 15 minutes.

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QuantumPhysics

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That's not a "flying car".

That's a man-carrying drone.

There are very specific details and definitions codified into law that determines what a "car" is and I can tell you that "spinning blades" ain't it.
 
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captaincranky

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And you're still going to need an FAA pilot's license to "drive" it.

Here's a hint, you'll need to know a sh!tload more than you do to get a drivers license.

Does it have a sub woofer? Can I "drive" it down my tiny two lane street with the radio blaring?
 
When we see actual flying cars like the ones portrayed in the Fifth Element... then we have reached that future. Drones operated by man or anything resembling a plane, is not a flying car.
 

cuerdc

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Only flying cars what will be released to public will be auto fly or piloted goverment will never appove masses to fly around freelyšŸ˜­
 

toooooot

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Heck yes. But while it would be awesome for the military, for mass use in Urban areas and around it is a 100% must have. No neighbor wanna know someone is taking off and landing in their neighborhood.
 
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Reehahs

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Heck yes. But while it would be awesome for the military, for mass use in Urban areas and around it is a 100% must have. No neighbor wanna know someone is taking off and landing in their neighborhood.
Unless you got deaf neighbours, lol.