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Flying cars may soon be a reality

All-electric aircraft designed by Kitty Hawk.
All-electric aircraft designed by Kitty Hawk.
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It’s not a bird or a plane. It’s an open, one-seat, 220- pound contraption that flies over water and doesn’t require a pilot’s license; ostensibly, it’s a flying car.

Demoed in a video released Monday, this “all-electric aircraft” is designed by Kitty Hawk, a company backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, and according to the company, will be available to consumers by the end of 2017.

And Kitty Hawk isn’t the only flying car developer on the market. Over a dozen different companies, including Airbus and Uber, are currently in the process of developing flying vehicles.

How close are we to actually (some might say, finally) having flying cars? What are your concerns and reservations? And what technology of the future did you, as a kid, think we’d have by now?


John Markoff, journalist and book author; he wrote the New York Times article “No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes on the Flying Car;” he tweets @markoff