This Japanese startup has developed an ultra-fast motorcycle that can be able to fly for as long as 40 minutes.
The ability to ride a bicycle is one of the first accomplishments in our lives. Then have you ever thought about learning how to fly on your bike?
The world’s first flying bike was announced during the Detroit Auto Show, meaning that we’re extremely close to having a sky filled with flying automobiles! The XTURISMO hoverbike can be in flight for up to 40 minutes and at speeds up to 100 km/h.
Thad Szott, who was the co-chairman of Motor City’s auto show, was among the first people lucky enough for a test drive. During the post-test drive interview, he stated that it felt exhilarating, and he enjoyed it with the excitement.
Szott believes there is a lot of potential for XTURISMO shortly.
Recently, the world has seen drones’ applications for the transportation of medicine or goods on a smaller scale in remote or not easily accessible areas. This hoverbike is practically usable if you traverse from airport to airport. The real test comes when such a mode of transportation is used locally to travel between neighborhoods.
The Japanese startup responsible for the flying bike, AERWINS Technologies, first created drones and autonomous aerial vehicles.
The hoverbike is currently on the market in Japan, and smaller versions will be made available to the US in 2023, priced at $777,000 (EUR775,400).
Shuhei Komatsu, the company’s CEO, has told Reuters it hopes to lower the price by $50,000 (EUR49,890) for a smaller electric vehicle in 2025.