Hoverbike Creator Claims US Government Is Interested In His Product
The creator of an innovative 'Hoverbike' claims that the US Government has contacted him with a view to acquiring his technology.
Mark De Roche's Aero-X bike is currently in development with an expected launch date of 2017, but the buzz around his creation may have already led to one of the most high-profile deals imaginable. With the ability to hover 10 feet above ground, the Aero-X bike can reach speeds of 45mph with two passengers on board. But as cool as it sounds, De Roche doesn't intend for the Aero-X Bike to be marketed as mode of transport, and instead sees its application more suited to specific situations such as emergency response and agriculture.
In an interview with Factor Magazine, De Roche said that he had received interest in the $85,000 vehicle from a wide array of potential clients.
"We are currently working on a robotic version for agriculture – specifically aerial application," said De Roche. "We are also in talks with the US Government about creating some derivative vehicles for their applications."
Quite what the US Government would want this technology for is not specified, but it's not hard to imagine such a nimble mode of transport being utilized by the military.
The Aero-X Bike isn't the only hoverbike in development right now, either. Malloy Aeronautics are currently in the middle of what is looking to be a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the development of their Hoverbike and generate sales of their 1/3 size hoverbike drone.