Start Saving: Functional Hoverbikes On Sale In 2017

May 20, 2014


Remember the Aerofex hoverbike from back in 2012? Well the company has been hard at work fine-tuning the design and says models could be available for sale to the public as early as 2017. You can even already put down a $5,000 deposit towards one of the $85,000 deathtraps. As soon as I get my next paycheck I'm doing it. Well, after an all-you-can-eat buffet (on paydays I feel so rich I can afford diarrhea).

The Aero-X is designed to carry two people up to a height of 3 m (10 ft) above the ground and reach speeds of up to 72 km/h (42 mph).

It's also reported to be as easy to ride as a motorcycle, as pilots will be able to use the handlebar grips, situated at knee level, to control the hoverbike in a similar fashion. They'll only need about a weekend of training to be able to fly it easily, the company claims.

It's also expected to run for about 75 minutes on a full tank of fuel. While it's primarily being designed to be a low-altitude sport and utility vehicle, its developers say it can be adapted for any number of uses.

As awesome as all of that sounds, what's the word on braking? Like, how many football fields does it take to stop? Or is this thing only practical in the absolute middle of nowhere? Because I'm trying to hover my ass to the liquor store and I am not trying to wind up in the Thai restaurant next door. *crashes through windows* Oh shit. *casually trying to back out* You guys do take-out? How spicy is your jungle curry?

Keep going for a couple more shots and a couple videos of the thing in action. Albeit not particularly exciting action.




Thanks to Irina, who agrees affordable jetpacks must be right around the corner. The future, ladies and gentlemen!

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Will it blend?

  • Andyman7714

    But can it mow straight lines?

  • skinja

    But why do you have to have something in your crotch? There isn't an engine there?

    Why does the rider need to straddle it?
    There is no reason to straddle it. You could just be sitting upright or whatever.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    Where's the sound? That thing has got to make a heck of a buzzing sound, to put it mildly.

  • zin

    Sure these things won't be street-legal for a while, even though they won't actually be on the streets. There is a loophole though: rooftops are not streets & therefore road rules do not apply there.

    Must know price now!

  • Konstantin

    Should work. The thing can't sustain flight, but it should be able to do short "hops". Without getting into ground effect and aerodynamics of a ducted fan, it's something the machine is capable of, and it won't be nerfed in stability software, because it's a safety issue. It won't be a good ATV replacement if it can't hop over ditches. So yeah, I think you should be able to do rooftop-to-rooftop in a dense urban environment. Which is a scary thought.

  • zin

    "scary" MORE LIKE AWESOME. Where's your sense of adventure? What happens if you fall btw, you think the hovercraft will slam into the pavement or will it manage to generate a cushion of air?

    Can you picture it though? Due to overcrowded streets, people resort to buying hovercraft to hop from building to building. The technology will advance & soon we will have hoverboards & hoverskates. Modded hovercrafts will give people the ability to leap the tallest buildings.

    Since rooftops are beyond police jurisdiction, this "Overground" will be the mobs' new playground. There will be bandits with big nets or tripwires to catch you & steal your bike & whatever drugs you're trafficking. Illegal hoverjousting. Hitmen will just drop bricks on their targets from above & leave no trace whatsoever,

    The future is now.

  • Konstantin

    Falling is fine. The thing won't drop like a brick. The fan will generate extra "drag" as it goes down. I don't know if the machine will land softly enough to be fine, but the rider will be able to walk away from it.

    What I'm more worried about is these things missing jumps and crashing into someone's windows. They've only done up to 30mph on prototypes, and say it's only designed for a little over 40mph, but these seem to be safety limitations. Machine itself will likely be capable of going faster, especially if people end up tuning them. 300lb of metal crashing into your bedroom at highway speeds can't be a good thing.

    I do appreciate the awesome of it, though. Having flight experience, and being a motorcycle rider, I would definitely jump on an opportunity to race this thing on rooftops, if it can be done without putting anyone else's life on the line. There ought to be enough abandoned buildings in Detroit, right?

  • zin

    Overclock the fans & disable the automatic stabilizers, followed by installing a jet booster that recharges every time you hoverstomp someone.

  • Konstantin

    Genius. Scratch Detroit. We set this up in Bogota and rake in millions in illegal betting money.

  • steve holt

    LMAO at casually backing out of the place while asking, "You guys do take-out? How spicy is your jungle curry?"

  • ODwanKenObi

    They should maybe consider some type of safety device that separates the rider/passenger/bystander from those whirling death blades. Just a suggestion.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    What will be next? Having to obey the law?

  • ODwanKenObi

    This thing will never pass any laws. Its a hovering death machine. Unless they can cover up those blades with some mesh or something. Like above said. you will be cutting off heads of pets and people if they are stupid and stand close enough.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I was joking about how you are spoiling everybody's fun of riding hovering death machines.

    What will be next? Ban mounting heavy weapons on it? No tossing live animals on people?

  • MustacheHam

    Keep it simple, and just use a rad seat-belt. :B

  • ODwanKenObi

    haha simple yet effective.

  • Ollie Williams

    They should call it the "safety-sissy-girly" package.

  • ODwanKenObi

    Or the "I dont want my arm severed off if I stop suddenly and fall forward into the rotating blades" package. Whichever sounds good to me tho.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    But that's half the fun! And you get to have a super cool pirate hook after. Presuming you live...

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