News & Opinion | October 26, 2016 9:00 am

Google Co-Founder’s (Not So) Secret Flying Car Spotted

We know it looks like a plane. Here's why it's not.

Despite the fact that a large swath of society still sucks at driving a standard vehicle on the ground, the world is obsessed with the possibility of flying cars.

And so are we.

We thought we would have to wait a whole year until the first flying car hit the market in 2017. But then Larry Page, one of Google’s co-founders, went and started himself not one, but two flying car companies. And the first prototype has officially been espied.

One of his companies — Zee.Aero — resides in an airplane hangar near Hollister Airport in California. The covert start-up initially received $100m in funding from Page and is run by Ilan Kroo, a professor currently on leave from Stanford’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. And earlier this week, Steve Eggleston, a worker from nearby company DK Turbines, captured what appears to be a flying car on his smartphone.

Mind you, this flying car look curiously similar to an airplane that could fit in a garage. But witnesses have reported seeing the plane take off vertically and hover about 25 feet above the ground before landing, which, last time we checked, is not a thing that airplanes do.

The prototype also somewhat matches up with the plans in Zee.Aero’s patent papers. And while it’s no DeLorean, the future looks pretty exciting-slash-dangerous nonetheless.

via Jalopnik