Larry Page, of course, the co-founder of the tech giant Google, is heavily involved in air travel projects. After supporting Kitty Hawk in developing the Cora air taxi, the executive is also involved in the design of the BlackFly flying vehicle.
Developed by Canadian Opener, it holds one person and can travel up to 40 kilometers away at a speed of almost 100 km/h. The vehicle moves with the help of a joystick and does not require a pilot’s license in the United States.
Despite this, you will need to undergo training before using BlackFly. “Security has been the goal that has guided us in the development of this new technology,” said Opener CEO Marcus Leng.
The company claims to have conducted BlackFly testing over the last nine years. During this period, more than 1,000 flights were carried out, totaling 160,000 kilometers. The final version has eight propulsion systems distributed on the front and rear wings to keep it running if one of the systems fails.
The vehicle uses electric power and can be recharged completely in less than 30 minutes. It was developed to take off from grassy spaces but also manages to start a flight from the water as well.
There is still no information on how much BlackFly will cost, but according to the BBC, it will be comparable to the price of an SUV. “We will offer competitive pricing in an effort to democratize three-dimensional personal transport,” explains Leng, of course, the CEO of the Canadian aerodynamic company Opener.