Kitty Hawk Flying Car
It’s not an automobile in the conventional sense, though the Kitty Hawk Flying Car is still plenty impressive for an early prototype. The Larry Page-backed Silicon Valley company just produced and tested a functional prototype (see it in action on YouTube) that looks something like a cross between a giant drone, a floatplane (thanks to two large pontoons for floating), and a Sea-Doo. Eight electrically-driven propellers beneath a net-like shield let the Kitty Hawk take off and land vertically, attain 15 foot altitudes, and speed across bodies of water, and since it’s an ultralight recreational vehicle it doesn’t require any sort of special license. You won’t see any flying over cities for now, but a production version will be available to consumers by the end of this year.
Check it out at Kitty Hawk.