According to Hindustan Times, the next edge in line to be ruled is the air and humanity has done it already. But vehicles like the Xturismo intend to bring something a little more exciting to the skies above us.
You may have seen flying cars in action in real life, or in videos. But Japan witnessed a flying bike whooshing past them, or hovering mid-air during a demonstration this week.
Japanese company A.L.I. Technologies recently showed off its own take on a flying motorcycle thingy on a racetrack. Which isn’t as exciting as it sounds but it certainly is loud.
During the demonstration, the XTURISMO Limited Edition flying bike was seen floating in the air with a roaring sound in front of the grandstand at the Fuji racing track. It was also seen slowly swirling in the air while drawing a figure of eight.
ALI Technologies has already started to accept bookings for the XTURISMO Limited Edition from October 26. The company will only manufacture 200 units of these flying bikes. The price of the XTURISMO Limited Edition is 77.7 million yen, including tax and insurance premiums.
The weight of the XTURISMO flying bike is about 300 kgs. The flying bike stands 3.7 meters in length, 2.4 meters wide, and 1.5 meters in height. It can only seat a pilot for now.
According to the company, the flying bike has a cruising time ranging between 30 and 40 minutes. While the maximum speed of the hoverbike has not been disclosed by the company as of now, it was seen clocking around 100 kmph during the demonstration.
President and CEO of ALI Technologies, Daisuke Katano said, “We started developing hoverbikes in 2017. It is expected that air mobility will expand in the future, but first of all, it is expected to be used in circuits, mountainous areas, at sea, and in times of disaster. I am happy to introduce it as the first step of the XTURISMO that is being done and as one of the new lifestyles.
The company said that the delivery of the first units of these limited edition flying bikes will start as early as the first half of next year.