A prototype for a flying car developed by Google co-founder Larry Page has been spotted in California.
The prototype has been made by Zee.Aero, which is one of two flying car companies Page is said to have funded. The prototype was seen at Hollister Municipal Airport, where the company owns a hangar.
Zee.Aero was set up in 2010, and last year a patent for a flying car filed in 2011 emerged. Not much has been heard from the company, but now locals have spotted what appears to be a working version of the flying vehicle.
Steve Eggleston, who works next to the airport, told Bay Area News: “It sounded like an electric motor running, just a high-pitched whine.”
Other witnesses have reported seeing the vehicle hovering about 25 feet off the ground before landing rapidly by dropping straight to the ground.
The vehicle currently resembles a traditional aeroplane, albeit smaller version of one. It is likely to change its shape a lot before entering production to make it better suited to roads.
However, some reports suggest that Zee.Aero doesn’t want to build a car that can drive on the road. Instead, it has hinted that it wants to create a vehicle that can take off and land vertically, allowing owners to use it on their driveways without needing to modify their property.
The company has said that it is not currently discussing its plans publicly, but in a May letter to the US Department of Transportation it said it was building 'an entirely new aircraft that will change personal aviation.’
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
October 26, 2016