At the Detroit Auto Show on Thursday, a flying bike created by Japanese startup AERWINS Technologies made its American debut.
The hoverbike, which was advertised as the first flying bike in the world, was directly compared to the Star Wars bikes.
The XTurismo is frequently referred to as the ideal platform for the ideal car with a variety of features, the future of urban mobility.
In October 2021, it was formally demonstrated as a usable product, and in Japan, a flying demonstration was used to introduce it to the general public.
The footage of the bike hovering and landing after its flight was uploaded on Twitter by Reuters, leaving Netizens in awe.
This is the world’s first flying bike. The XTURISMO hoverbike is capable of flying for 40 minutes and can reach speeds of up to 62 mph pic.twitter.com/ZPZSHJsmZm
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 16, 2022
The 300 kilograms XTURISMO hoverbike has a top speed of 100 kph (62 miles per hour) and can fly for 40 minutes. The flying bike is currently for sale in Japan.
A smaller version will be sold in the US in 2023, according to Shuhei Komatsu, the company’s founder, and CEO.
The price of this hoverbike is astronomical at $777,000. (Over 18 crores PKR). The founder of AERWINS claimed that the business is attempting to reduce the price to $50,000 for a smaller, electric variant, but that it will take 2-3 years to complete and be available by 2025.
Thad Szott, the co-chair of the Detroit Auto Show, rode the hoverbike during a test run and declared the experience to be “comfortable,” “exhilarating,” and like something out of a sci-fi film.
“I feel like I’m literally 15 years old and I just got out of ‘Star Wars’ and jumped on their bike,” said Thad Szott.
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