If the predictions for futuristic transportation come true, our skies are going to be full of aerial passenger drones - and jetpacks. You thought navigating metro areas during rush hour is a challenge? Well, get ready. Flight entrepreneurs are determined to send the daily commute into the clouds.
Martin Aircraft Company, based in New Zealand, has been working on developing jetpacks for years. Their current gas-powered prototype can fly up to 2,500 feet, goes about 25 mph and can stay aloft for about 30 minutes, according to the specs. A price for one of their jetpacks hasn't been announced, but is expected to start well above $100,000 once it's ready to hit the market.
Peter Coker, who was previously the company's CEO and is now an executive for their Chinese shareholder KuangChi Science Limited, recently told the BBC that he thinks jetpacks will be part of future cities. "I see it as being the Uber of the sky," he said.
Speaking of which, Uber already wants to be the "Uber of the sky." Last fall the ride-sharing company released a white paper outlining a vision for one day deploying fleets of electric aerial vehicles to pick up passengers. Hailing a jetpack would probably be a very different experience from hailing a plane-like aerial vehicle, though.