The world’s first FLYING bike that can reach speeds of 62 mph and fly for 40 minutes to make its US debut

A flying motorcycle capable of traveling at 100 km/h for up to 40 minutes made its US debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit.

The hoverbike is the work of Aerwins, a Delaware-based company that makes drones and unmanned vehicles.

Although it evokes the futuristic visions of the Jetsons to soar above New York CityThe streets are notoriously congested, so you probably won’t be hovercrafting to John F. Kennedy Airport anytime soon.

The Xturismo currently costs $777,000, although Aerwins says it will develop a smaller model next year, as well as an all-electric model in 2025 to sell for around $50,000.

“I feel like I’m literally 15 and I just got out of Star Wars and jumped on their bike,” auto show co-chairman Thad Scott told Reuters. ‘I’m so excited’

A hoverbike that can travel at 62 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes made its US debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit (above)

A hoverbike that can travel at 62 miles per hour for up to 40 minutes made its US debut this week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit (above)

While it evokes the Jetsons' futuristic visions of soaring above the notoriously congested streets of New York City, you probably won't be riding the hovercraft to John F. Kennedy Airport anytime soon.

While it evokes the Jetsons’ futuristic visions of soaring above the notoriously congested streets of New York City, you probably won’t be riding the hovercraft to John F. Kennedy Airport anytime soon.

Thad Scott, the co-chair of the auto show, recently took a ride on a hoverbike.

“I feel like I’m literally 15 and I just got out of Star Wars and jumped on their bike,” he told Reuters. ‘I’m so excited.’

It’s awesome. It was exhilarating. It’s not vicious, it’s comfortable on take-off and landing. There are no jerky jolts, it’s literally very, very soft and I can’t wait for the future.

Unsurprisingly, Aerwins CEO Shuhei Komatsu loved Star Wars movies as a kid.

The flying bike is the work of Aerwins, a Delaware-based company that makes drones and unmanned vehicles

The flying bike is the work of Aerwins, a Delaware-based company that makes drones and unmanned vehicles

The Xturismo currently costs $777,000, although Aerwins says it will develop a smaller model next year, as well as an all-electric version in 2025.

The Xturismo currently costs $777,000, although Aerwins says it will develop a smaller model next year, as well as an all-electric version in 2025.

The hoverbike has been on sale in Japan - which does not classify it as an airplane and therefore does not require a license to ride it - since last fall

The hoverbike has been on sale in Japan – which does not classify it as an airplane and therefore does not require a license to ride it – since last fall

“I wanted to do something from the real movie,” Komatsu told the Detroit News. “It’s a land speeder for the dark side.”

The hoverbike has been on sale in Japan – which does not classify it as an airplane and therefore does not require a license to ride it – since last fall.

However, due to strict regulations for these machines in Japan, the XTurismo is still only allowed to fly or hover on race tracks.

In January, the company said it only planned to produce 200 units.

Currently, the hoverbike has two large central rotors that move thanks to a 228 hp gasoline Kawasaki motorcycle engine. Four smaller power support rotors are also located on its outer edges.

When resting on the ground, the hovercraft rests on two landing skids – similar to those you might see on a conventional helicopter.

The Xturismo, which has been in development for two years, weighs 660 pounds and is about 12 feet long.

The hovercraft’s debut comes at a time when big corporations are betting that the public will eventually embrace robotic air taxis.

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it was putting $15 million toward an order for 200 electric air taxis from Eve Air Mobility — with an option to purchase 200 more.

The airline estimates that in the coming years, many residents of traffic-constrained cities will shell out $100 to $150 for a one-way trip to the airport in an electric-powered four-seat air taxi.

United Airlines expects to receive the first Eve taxis as early as 2026. However, the electric plane has yet to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to carry passengers.

Meanwhile, Komatsu said it believes consumers will buy its company’s hoverbikes for recreation and governments may buy them for law enforcement or infrastructure inspection.

“I hope people will use it every day in the future,” he told the Detroit News.

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it was putting $15million into an order for 200 electric air taxis from Eve Air Mobility (above) – with an option to buy 200 more.

Earlier this month, United Airlines announced it was putting $15million into an order for 200 electric air taxis from Eve Air Mobility (above) – with an option to buy 200 more.