The Kitty Hawk Flyer is limited to 10 feet off the ground right now, but it shows a major leap in the company’s technology.
By the numbers: The Flyer seats one person and weighs in at 250 pounds. It uses eight electric motors, 10 propellers, and two joysticks to move at about 20 miles per hour.
Watch it in action: Employees have flown it on more than 1,000 test flights. After two hours of training, YouTuber Casey Neistat took it for one of the first civilian excursions.
Want to fly it yourself? The flying machine fits into the FAA’s ultralight category. While that means it can only soar in unrestricted airspace, there is no pilot’s license required. No price or release date has yet been announced, but you can hop on the waiting list to try it out yourself.
The big new idea for making self-driving cars that can go anywhere
The mainstream approach to driverless cars is slow and difficult. These startups think going all-in on AI will get there faster.
Why sounds and smells are as vital to cities as the sights
The growing field of sensory urbanism is changing the way we assess neighborhoods and projects.
Marseille’s battle against the surveillance state
The boisterous, rebellious port city is trying to fight the growing ubiquity of policing cameras.
The smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia
Urban technologies were meant to connect, protect, and enhance the lives of citizens. What happened?
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.