CLEAR LAKE, Calif. (KTVU) - Silicon Valley is leading the charge on making flying cars a reality. And Mountain View based start-up Kitty Hawk may be the first to get one in the hands of the consumer, promising its new “personal flying machine” will be on the market by the end of the year.
Kitty Hawk is backed by Silicon Valley heavy-hitter, Larry Page of Google.
The start-up company has released a promotional video of its upcoming all electric aircraft it's calling "The Kitty Hawk Flyer."
While it looks more like a flying jet ski than a flying car, the aircraft is still pretty cool to watch. In the video, you see the single-seat vehicle gliding above Clear Lake in Lake County.
On its website, the company describes the Flyer as "safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations."
The aircraft features a web design, with a pair of pontoons for water takeoff's and landings.
Kitty Hawk says the first version of its aircraft is specifically designed to fly over water.
And according to the manufacturer, it will be easy to learn how to operate the vehicle.
"You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes," the company said.
There's no word yet on how much the Flyer will cost you, but it's a good guess that it won't be cheap.