Got a spare $680,000? You could buy this working hoverbike
What just happened? Flying cars? Yesterday’s news. What we want are hoverbikes. If you have a spare $680,000, you could buy one right now from a Japanese drone-making startup backed by one of the country’s soccer stars.
The XTurismo Limited Edition comes from Tokyo-based A.L.I Technologies using its wealth of drone-building experience. The bike/jet ski-style body sits on top of a series of propellers, with a pair of skids on the underside for when it’s on the ground. We’ve seen similar designs from flying vehicle companies before, including NEC’s quadcopter-style passenger drone.
The conventional engine and four battery-powered motors allow the XTurismo to fly at 100 kph (62 mph). It can stay in the air for around 40 minutes, weighs 300kgs (661 pounds), and can carry 100kgs (220 pounds). Buyers will have to hand over 77.7 million yen ($680,000) and wait until the first half of next year for delivery.
“Until now the choice has been to…