The XTURISMO hoverbike is a real life piece of science fiction.
by Douglas Helm | published
Remember how all those old science-fiction movies and TV shows said we’d have flying cars right now? Well, it looks like we’re finally taking a step in that direction, with the XTURISMO hoverbike from startup AERWINS Technologies. The company showed off the futuristic vehicle at last week’s Detroit Auto Show and it sure looks like something ripped off star wars or tom cruise minority report,
According to AERWINS Technologies, their hoverbike can fly at 62 mph for 40 minutes. As you can see in the video, it’s not exactly flying in the air, but it hovers at least a few feet above the ground. If you’re in Japan, you may already be holding onto one of these impressive pieces of technology.
If you’ve been waiting for the XTURISMO hoverbike to be released in the US, you’re in luck, as they plan to release it in 2023. However, you will need some cash as the starting price is set at a whopping $777,000. However, the company is looking to release a smaller electric model in 2025 for a much more reasonable (but still priced for the bike) $50,000.
Of course, there are still a lot of things that need to happen before hoverbikes become the norm. For starters, the XTURISMO was controlled remotely during its performance, so clearly it’ll need to be driven when it comes to the roads. The biggest hurdle is the fact that the XTURISMO is classified as an electric vertical take-off and landing technology (eVTOL), which means it’s not street legal.
Aside from the above constraints, the hoverbike doesn’t seem incredibly practical. If it can only go for 40 minutes, that might be enough for short trips and trips to the grocery store, but it’s not very useful as a daily driver. Of course, the goal could be that the XTURISMO be a more fun vehicle than something you use on a daily basis.
That being said, if you’ve always wanted to hit the streets on a hoverbike, we’re definitely getting closer to reality. Especially when you consider that AirVance Technologies isn’t the only company turning its attention to flying vehicles. Aeromobil, Jetpack Aviation, Samsun Sky, Jetson and many others are rolling out flying cars and motorcycles with the intention of grooming consumers.
In fact, Samson Sky announced in July of this year that their flying car Switchblade has passed Federal Aviation Administration inspection, meaning it could be the first flying car available in the US market. Meanwhile, the Aircar by Klein Vision was certified by air-transport authorities in Slovakia and Aeromobil is working on both two-seat and four-seat models. In fact, you can even proceed waiting list For a Samson Sky car, but you’ll need to spend $2000 to keep your spot within 45 days of their first flight.
We probably won’t be seeing hoverbikes and flying cars on our roads anytime soon. But it’s still great to see these vehicles in action. Who knows, maybe we’ll be zipping like that jetson sooner than we think.