We continue to report important news about TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019, which we follow from the ground up with the contributions of The Business Bank of Turkey. Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun,who was among the speakers of the event, unveiled the company’s new model, Heaviside, on the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019 stage.
We first talked about Kitty Hawk in 2017 as a flying vehicle project invested by Google co-founder Larry Page. In March 2018, the company launched the Cora project and introduced its new product, Heaviside.
In his speech, Sebastian Thrun started by stating that we will use autonomous flying cars before driverless cars, and said that his new products can take off and land vertically, just like a helicopter. Thrun also shared that some helicopters are banned in certain areas because they are too noisy, adding that Heaviside is half as quieter as a helicopter.
Heaviside will make urban transportation very fast in the future, Thrun said, adding that due to the advantage of being in the air, they can move in a straight line, unlike cars. Heaviside will be fast as well as costly, Thrun stressed, stressing that heaviside’s Tesla model would cost one-third of the energy cost per mile.
Thrun also underlined that Heaviside does not need any runways due to its vertical take-off and landing, so that Heaviside can be used anywhere. Finally, let’s add that no information about Heaviside’s price and release date has been shared.