Kitty Hawk, the electric flight startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, presented a vehicle that has eight rotors to help power its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) abilities. Heaviside is roughly 100 times quieter than a helicopter, and it can travel the 55 miles from San Jose to San Francisco in about 15 minutes.
Designed to surpass the electric vehicles standards of efficiency, Heaviside uses less than half the energy per mile of travel than a Tesla Model S, at faster speeds. Heaviside can take off and land in a 30 foot by 30 foot area that does not need to be paved.
Heaviside demonstrates the potential for a new type of accessible, all-electric air transportation.