Google co-founder Larry Page has been secretly funding a flying car project, and a prototype has been spotted in the wild, according to the Monterey Herald.
As Bloomberg discovered earlier this year, Page has been privately funding a company called Zee.Aero, which wants to build a “flying car” that can take off and land vertically without a runway. That means pilots would be able to park the vehicles in their driveway.
Even though the vehicle looks like a tiny aeroplane, it sounds much different, according to witnesses quoted in the Monterey Herald report. They describe the machine as emitting a “high-pitched whine.”
Witnesses also described their shock when they saw the vehicle simply hovering instead of flying forward like a regular plane. It can hover about 25 feet above the ground, land, and then take off and hover again.
The testing has taken place at an airport in Hollister, Calif., a small town of about 40,000. Residents have reported seeing the flying car in action with increasing frequency in recent months.