World's first flying bike debuts in US, internet calls it the future of urban mobility

World’s first flying bike debuts in US, internet calls it the future of urban mobility

A flying bike made by Japanese startup AERWINS Technologies made its U.S. debut Thursday at the Detroit Auto Show. Billed as the world’s first flying bike, the hoverbike drew stark comparisons to bikes from the popular Star Wars.

“The future of urban mobility”

The XTurismo is commonly described as the future of urban mobility, a possible platform for the ideal vehicle with various features. It was officially presented as a viable product in October 2021 and then unveiled to the general public during a flying demo in Japan.

Reuters news agency shared a clip on Twitter and netizens were left speechless by the video showing the bike hovering and landing after it was flown.

Its features

The XTURISMO hoverbike, weighing 300 kilograms, can fly for 40 minutes with a speed limit of up to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour). In Japan, the flying bike is already on sale. According to AERWINS founder and CEO Shuhei Komatsu, the company plans to sell a smaller version in the United States in 2023.

This hoverbike comes with a whopping price tag of $777,000 (over INR 6 crore). However, the AERWINS founder said the company is trying to bring the cost down to $50,000 for a smaller electric model, but it will take 2-3 years and be ready by 2025.

Detroit Auto Show co-chairman Thad Szott, who took the bike for a test flight, said the experience of riding a hoverbike was “comfortable” and “exhilarating” and felt like it was something straight out of science fiction. film.

“I feel like I’m literally 15 and I just got out of ‘Star Wars’ and jumped on their bike,” Thad Szott said.

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