A lot of the conversation in transportation, or as auto execs like to call it “mobility,” these days centers around driverless cars. Some folks have already bypassed that innovation however, and moved on to another futuristic development, flying cars. Uber recently hired a former NASA engineer to help move the needle for vehicles that can take off and land vertically. Now a new company called Hover Surf has released video of a prototype motorcycle-helicopter that could revolutionize getting from A to B even further.

The Scorpion-3 is a quadcopter similar to a lot of drones you see on the market, but this one is capable of holding a passenger who sits atop a motorcycle seat. The Scorpion-3 started as a crowdfunding project and has evolved into something far closer to being commercially viable.

The company notes that, “For the moment, SCORPION platform is increasingly seen as an extreme sports instrument, yet the vessel’s transportation potential remains evident.” That sounds like engineer code for, “Right now, you have to be kind of crazy to ride this thing, but if we can get our act together, this could be something huge.”

The design of the Scorpion was inspired by heavy-duty motorcycles, and was designed to “surf” through the air. The proprietary software allows it be controlled either automatically or manually.

There are no specifics on what the next steps in the development of the vehicle might look like, but we are certainly intrigued.


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