World’s first FLYING bike that can reach speeds of 62 mph and fly for 40 minutes to make US debut

World’s first FLYING bike that can reach speeds of 62 mph and fly for 40 minutes to make US debut

World’s first FLYING bike that can reach speeds of 62 mph and fly for 40 minutes to make US debut

A flying motorcycle that can travel at 62 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes made its US debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

The Hoverbike is the work of Aerwins, a Delaware-based company that makes drones and unmanned vehicles.

Although it conjures futuristic Jetsons visions of gazing high above New York City’s notoriously congested streets, you probably won’t be riding the hoverbike out to John F. Kennedy Airport anytime soon.

The Xturismo currently costs $777,000, although Aerwins says it will develop a smaller model next year, as well as an all-electric model in 2025 to sell for around $50,000.

World’s first FLYING bike that can reach speeds of 62 mph and fly for 40 minutes to make US debut

“I feel like I’m literally 15 years old and I just got out of Star Wars and I jumped on their bike,” Thad Scott, co-chairman of the auto show, told Reuters. ‘I’m so excited’

A hoverbike that can travel at 62 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes made its US debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit (above)

A hoverbike that can travel at 62 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes made its US debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit (above)

Although it conjures up futuristic Jetsons visions of soaring high above New York City's notoriously congested streets, you probably won't be riding the hover bike out to John F. Kennedy Airport anytime soon

Although it conjures up futuristic Jetsons visions of soaring high above New York City’s notoriously congested streets, you probably won’t be riding the hover bike out to John F. Kennedy Airport anytime soon

Thad Scott, co-chairman of the car show, took the hover bike for a spin recently.

“I feel like I’m literally 15 years old and I just came out of Star Wars and I jumped on their bike,” he told Reuters. ‘I’m so excited.’

‘It’s really good. That was exciting. It’s not vicious, it’s comfortable to take off and land. There’s no jerking, it’s literally very, very smooth and I’m looking forward to the future.

Not surprisingly, Aerwin CEO Shuhei Komatsu loved Star Wars movies as a child.

The flying bike is the work of Aerwins, a Delaware-based company that makes drones and unmanned vehicles

The flying bike is the work of Aerwins, a Delaware-based company that makes drones and unmanned vehicles

The Xturismo currently costs $777,000, although Aerwins says it will develop a smaller model next year, as well as an all-electric version in 2025

The Xturismo currently costs $777,000, although Aerwins says it will develop a smaller model next year, as well as an all-electric version in 2025

The Hoverbike has been on sale in Japan - which does not classify it as an aircraft and therefore does not require a license to pilot it - since last fall

The Hoverbike has been on sale in Japan – which does not classify it as an aircraft and therefore does not require a license to pilot it – since last fall

“I wanted to make something from the movie real,” Komatsu told the Detroit News. “It’s a landing for the Dark Side.”

The Hoverbike has been on sale in Japan – which does not classify it as an aircraft and therefore does not require a license to fly it – since last fall.

But due to strict regulations for such machines in Japan, the XTurismo is still only allowed to fly, or hover, on racetracks.

In January, the company said it only plans to produce 200 units.

Currently, the hover engine is two large central rotors that move thanks to a 228-hp gas-powered Kawasaki motorcycle engine. Four smaller electric support rotors are also located on the outer edges.

When resting on the ground, the hoverbike rests on two landing rails – similar to those seen on a conventional helicopter.

The Xturismo, which has been in development for the past two years, weighs 660 pounds and is about 12 feet long.

Hoverbike’s debut comes at a time when major companies are betting that the public will eventually embrace robotic air taxis.

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it was placing a $15 million order for 200 electric air taxis from Eve Air Mobility – with an option for 200 more.

The airline believes that in the coming years, many residents of congested cities will pay upwards of $100 to $150 for a one-way trip to the airport inside a four-seater air taxi powered by electricity.

United Airlines expects to receive the first taxis from Eve as soon as 2026. However, the electric planes have not yet received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly passengers.

Meanwhile, Komatsu said he believes consumers will buy the company’s hoverbikes for recreation and that governments may buy them for law enforcement or infrastructure inspection.

“I hope that in the future people will use it for every day,” he told the Detroit News.

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it was placing a $15 million order for 200 electric air taxis from Eve Air Mobility (above) — with an option to pick up 200 more

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it was placing a $15 million order for 200 electric air taxis from Eve Air Mobility (above) — with an option to pick up 200 more

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