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Google cofounder Larry Page’s flying car Kitty Hawk: returned deposits, battery fires



In 2017, success seemed to be just around the corner for Kitty Hawk, the secretive flying car company that’s bankrolled by Google co-founder Larry Page and run by Sebastian Thrun, the

Stanford AI and robotics whiz who had launched Google’s self-driving car unit. Kitty Hawk had just shown off a prototype of the Flyer, a single seat, battery powered aircraft intended to be a low altitude fun machine for use over water, like a jet ski on rotors, with handling that would make flying as easy as driving. “I'm excited that one day very soon I'll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer for a quick and easy personal flight,” Page said at the time. The startup promised to put Flyer in eager buyers’ hands by the end of the year.

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12-02-19