A flying electric bicycle made its first public voyage around a Prague convention center this week, taking off with a dummy on board and hovering in the air like a budget speeder bike from Star Wars.
The Design Your Dreams Flying Bike is the product of three Czech engineering firms who joined together to fulfill a shared childhood dream, and the result has been a year in the making. We first told you about Design Your Dreams last June, when the e-bike was still on the drawing board. Now, their first prototype has taken to the air, and it looks amazing.
Six horizontally mounted propellers lifted the 220-pound electric bike into the air, while an engineer on the ground controlled it with a handheld remote. According to Milan Duchek of Design Your Dreams, the prototype will fly remotely with a dummy on the seat for now, but a version that can be piloted by a human will be ready this fall.
While the prototype isn’t as sleek as the drawings we originally saw, the project is still in very early stage development. Most parts came right off the shelf, and the total project cost in the low five figures.
According to Design Your Dreams, the final product should be as easy to maneuver as a regular bicycle, but will also have the ability to fly for between three and five minutes, using solely electric power. It will include “foolproof” stability control for takeoff and landing, and a fly-by-wire system that isn’t susceptible to outside interference. (via Real-Life Electric Jedi Hover-Bike Takes Off in Prague | Autopia | Wired.com)