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The driving school for learning how to ‘fly cars’

This is where Kitty Hawk, a company owned by Google co-founder has set up a small hangar and training facility. It’s where new flyers learn the ropes, a process that currently takes a mere 90 minutes. Most of it is spent rehearsing what happens if something were to go wrong.

The training begins in a basic simulation, a computer game that teaches you about the two controls you need to worry about – one switch to control altitude, and a small joystick to handle direction.

The training begins in a basic simulation, a computer game that teaches you about the two controls you need to worry about – one switch to control altitude, and a small joystick to handle direction.

Then you move on to a real Flyer that is strapped to the ground, an exercise designed to remove any nerves you might have about being in the vehicle.

And then you practice getting out in an emergency. The team has set up a ball pool to rehearse getting out of the craft if it happens to land upside down on the water. And then you’re good to go.

Ten motors power 10 propellers independently, and that’s all there is to it. The company predicts it will one day sell for the price of an electric car.

It is currently limited to flying at 6mph (9.5km/h) , and the battery lasts around 20 minutes. Right now the team tests it over a lake because it’s not legal for it to be flown over any congested areas, or at night time.

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