Surely, we all have imagined at least once in our childhood days: what if we see flying cars or flying bikes, we used to think that it would be so much fun to have a ride on it. Little did we know that this will turn into a reality in today’s generation. So if you are still a fan of flying and want to know about flying cars or flying bikes then you will surely love this A.L.I Technologies, which is the Japan-based company’s new flying bike! Yes, you read that right!
The A.L.I technologies have unveiled its vision for the future of transport as they have introduced a flying motorcycle. The hoverbike, which is named as XTurismo limited edition, is fully equipped with a conventional engine and also has four battery-powered motors. Well, this hoverboard also promises to fly for 40 minutes at up to 100 kph, that is, 62 mph, according to their reports from Reuters.
The photos of the hoverbike showcase during a demonstration at a racing track in the future seem like a scene straight out of a sci-fi film. It is designed in such a way that it looks like the ones which we have seen in science fiction films. According to the reports provided by Reuters, the chief executive of A.L.I Technologies, Daisuke Katano said, “until now the choice has been to move on the ground or at a scale in the sky. We hope to offer a new method of movement.”
A.L.I, whose backers also include industrial heavyweights such as Mitsubishi Electric and Kyocera, started taking all the orders for the bike the same they had revealed and they have also planned to deliver the limited edition run of 200 vehicles to the customers by the first half of next year. Well, talking about the price, it costs $682,000 (Rs. 5.1 crore) as per the reports of Nikkei Asia.
The company has also demonstrated the functionality of the bike with the short flight a few meters off the ground which happened at a racetrack near Mount Fuji.
Katano has told Reuters that in the near term the hoverbike use will be limited to two such sites and for now it is not allowed to fly over Japan’s packed and busy roads. Instead of using it daily, the bike can be proved useful to the rescue teams so that they can reach the difficult spot and access the locations. In addition to these strict regulations in Japan, driven by safety concerns have hobbled the growth of these sectors like ride-sharing and pending rule changes could extend the bikes potential applications, according to Katano
The funds have been flowing to start-ups from California-based Joby Aviation to Israel’s AIR, as they have promised to usher in an era of personal air transportation which ranges from jetpacks to flying taxis. A flying car startup backed by Chinese electric Vehicle company Xpeng, HT Aero, announced last week that they have raised over $ 500 million in its latest funding round, according to the reports of Nikkei Asia.
Last month Honda motors revealed that they have been in a process of developing a flying car which is included as a part of its five trillion yen research and is planning for the development over the next six years. The use of technology and improvisation of Technology is increasing day by day and as the companies have started funding for the improvisation, it seems like the day is not so far away we can see flying cars and flying bikes for usual use, just like the cars and bikes we use now!