The first flying cars are coming to market in the near future, and a top YouTube star gave his viewers an idea of what a ride in one of the futuristic contraptions might look light. Casey Neistat, in a vlog associated with his 368 venture, took a prototype of the Kitty Hawk flyer for a spin.
As Fast Company notes, Kitty Hawk’s product is classified by the FAA as an ultralight flyer, which means that potential customers don’t need a special license in order to operate it. After training for two hours, Neistat went airborne in the sleek craft — but not before attaching a camera to his helmet. He called his test drive “one of the very first civilian flights” of a flying car.
Neistat is a good choice to promote a flying car, given his fondness for alternative modes of transportation. Each Halloween, he collaborates with Jesse Wellens to zip around New York City in a vehicle inspired by a work of fiction. They traveled on Aladdin’s flying carpet in 2015, on the Silver Surfer’s board the year after that, and on Star Wars speeders last year.
Kitty Hawk, which is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page, is a leading innovator in the world of flying cars, but it is not the first company to bring such a vehicle to market. That honor belongs to Dutch designers PAL-V, who unveiled their product at a recent motor show.
And before you ask, yes, the flying car is very expensive. Kitty Hawk hasn’t set a retail value for its vehicle, but PAL-V’s version is initially retailing for a price of $621,500.