Updated: Feb 24
Google co-founder Larry Page has revealed that he is involved in a second passenger drone company called Opener which is the company behind BlackFly which is a vertical take-off and landing drone that is so simple to control that you don’t need a pilot’s license to fly it. Blackfly can travel for up to 25 miles (40km) at a speed of 62mph. Its makers say it will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car, but early models will be more expensive. Mr Page is also behind Kitty Hawk, a separate U.S. start-up currently testing its personal aircraft in Las Vegas. Several other rival flying cars are in development across the globe. BlackFly's creator is the Palo Alto-based firm Opener. The car has been tested in Canada, where the country’s aviation authority has authorised its use. Like Kitty Hawk, BlackFly could perhaps be more accurately described as a human-carrying drone as it is not designed to be driven on roads. The vehicle carries one person in a small cockpit, powered by “eight propulsion systems, spread across two wings”.