Flying motorcycles are no longer something that exists in science fiction.
On Thursday, a hoverbike built by Japanese manufacturers made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show.
Drawing unavoidable comparisons to the fastest ‘Star Wars’ bikes, the futuristic bikes are slated to launch in the United States next year.
The XTURISMO hoverbike is manufactured by Japanese startup AERWINS Technologies and can fly for 40 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 100 km per hour.
‘I feel like I’m literally 15 years old and I just got out of ‘Star Wars’ and I jumped on their bike,’ Thad Szott, co-chair of the auto show, said after taking a test drive – or perhaps a hover test.
‘I mean, it’s amazing! Of course, you have a little apprehension, but I was so excited. I literally got goosebumps and felt like a kid,’
The hoverbike is already on sale in Japan, and Shuhei Komatsu, founder and CEO of AERWINS, said plans are underway to sell a smaller version in the United States in 2023.
The price? A galactic $777,000 – though Komatsu has said the company expects to bring the cost down to $50,000 for a smaller electric model by 2025.
Earlier this month, AERWINS said it was looking to list on the NASDAQ through a merger with a special acquisition firm that values it at $600 million.
In 2020, Dubai tried to equip its police force with a similar hoverbike called the Hoverbike S3, which had four rotating blades and could levitate up to 16 feet off the ground.
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Source : metro.co.uk