Remember the film ‘Back to the Future’, when film writers were convinced that by now the world would have flying cars? Although it's a dream that hasn’t come true as of yet, it seems that by 2017, the world will be welcoming or rather hovering the “Aero-X Hoverbike”, a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle and is an off road vehicle that gets you off the ground.
Californian company known as “Aerofex” has already started accepting down payments for the Aero-X Hoverbike, which for a mere 85,000 dollars, will fly up to 10 feet (3.7 meters) off the ground at 45 miles per hour (72kmph) and carry up to 140 kilos (310 lbs). It can be used for unlimited outdoor activities: surveying, search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief, aerial agricultural, ranching, and much more.
You can learn to operate it safely in just a weekend of training and responds to your movements just as a motorcycle would. Maintenance is simple and inexpensive, as the Aero-X is built with very few moving parts.
The commercial version of the Aero-X is scheduled to begin flight tests in 2016 and will look a lot slicker and feature an all-carbon-fibre-composite chassis. It’ll be powered by a normal gas-powered three-cylinder engine and have a flight time of 85 minutes.