Google’s Larry Page Owns More Flying Car Companies Than We Own Cars

Google co-founder Larry Page has high hopes for the future of personal vertical takeoff and landing vehicles, better know as flying cars.

The Verge has discovered that Page is involved in a flying car company dubbed Opener, former in Canada. Page is also behind Kitty Hawk, a company that’s developed a two-seater flying taxi and a flying boat dubbed Flyer. Some suggest Page may be trying to corner the market before it explodes in popularity.

Although Page has never spoken publicly about his involvement with flying cars, he founded a company dubbed Levt Inc in 2010 with Stanford aeronautics professor Ilan Kroo. Levt changed its name to Zee.Aero in 2011 and was initially focusing on creating an electric flying taxi.

Page is getting involved with the industry is still in its infancy.

In 2014, Page acquired Opener when the company was still known as SkyKar. Opener founder Markus Leng came up with his flying car concept in 2009 and took to the air in a concept at his home in a prototype back in 2011.

In order to stay under the radar, Page acquired Opener using a Canadian shell company in a deal reportedly worth over $10 million. The company was then relocated to Palo Alto. Business filings from February 2018 reveal that Opener was operating out of the same address where Kitty Hawk was first incorporated. Page then convinced Sebastian Thrun, the man who led Google’s street mapping and self-driving car projects, to head up both Zee.Aero and Opener.

Thanks to Page’s involvement, both Kitty Hawk and Zee are said to have worked closely on their respective aircraft with staff moving freely between them. However, Opener “elected to not participate in the Kitty Hawk venture,” a spokesperson said, and has instead been going it alone.

Are you excited by the prospect of flying taxis or think they’ll never see the light of day?

 

  • xDRAN0x

    People still toss a lot of thrash outta windows when driving. I dont want to receive that on my head so
    No

  • LJ

    Terrible Drivers + Flying Cars = Disaster

    I don’t know how anyone could think this is a good idea.

  • LeStori

    No way would these things be allowed to land in a suburban street. So you will still need an official landing site.

    And out in the wild, do we really want stupid things like this ruining our enjoyment of the natural enviroment?

  • john1168

    I need my grass cut. Send this guy over to my place with one of these flying lawn mowers…

  • David Doyle

    I think the only people I would trust in one of these are the pretty actors in the CGI mockups in this video

  • The Terminator

    Interesting concept. Relieve traffic congestion here on the ground …. sounds good in that respect. That Blackfly does well in good weather. What about in rain, sleet, snow , windy conditions ? Blackfly needs much more work before its a viable transportation option just using that vehicle. Here in Illinois the weather can change in a heartbeat.

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