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 model will be released by the makers the following year. The XTURISMO hoverbike is the name of the flying bicycle. The XTURISMO hoverbike has a speed cap of 100 kph and can fly for 40 minutes (62 miles per hour). 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.
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
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The price of this hoverbike is astronomical at $777,000. (over 6 crore INR). 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 “pleasant,” “exhilarating,” and like something out of a sci-fi film.
Co-chair of the Detroit Auto Show, Thad Szott, who took the bike for a test flight, said that the experience of riding a hoverbike was “comfortable” and “exhilarating” and felt like it was something straight out of a sci-fi movie. “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.