Ever wanted to just jump into your own helicopter and zip across the sky to grab a quick coffee with your friends? With a price of around $200,000, the SureFly personal helicopter costs a lot less than a traditional whirlybird.
It uses eight propellers, spread across four arms, giving it much more stability in the air than a regular, single-rotor helicopter, SureFly maker Workhorse says. It’s much the same system as that found on the four-rotor DJI Phantom drones, only you’ll be inside the SureFly while you’re barreling through the air.
The controls are very basic — just a couple of buttons and a joystick — to keep operation as simple as possible. You can even programme a route into the touchscreen display and the SureFly will get there autonomously for you. It has a range of 70 miles and there’s a backup battery that gives an extra five minutes of flight time to get you safely back down to the ground.
It’s made by Workhouse — a company that recently teamed up with UPS tothat took off from the back of a UPS truck.
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