One of the great things about bikes is that you can ride them virtually anywhere. You can weave between cars at stoplights, jump the curb for a short cut or slash across someone’s lawn if need be. But sometimes the traffic’s too thick, police ticket you for riding on the sidewalk and homeowners shake their fists from the porch, if not reach for their shotgun. If only there was a helicopter bike that could fly above the fray.
Wait, now there is, compliments of three Czech companies — Technodat, Evektor and Duratec — that teamed up to make an electric bicycle-helicopter hybrid. Equipped with six battery-powered propellers housed in four frames, the 220-pound bike was demoed this week at the Letnany exhibition in Prague and landed safely after a five-minute, remote-controlled flight.
Sadly, the prototype rig isn’t quite capable of saddling a human, so a dummy was used instead. However, creators said they hope to do away with the remote controls and stick a real human on-board this fall.
“Our main motivation in working on the project was neither profit nor commercial interest, but the fulfillment of our boyish dreams,” project member Alex Kobylik told Czech news site Ceske Noviny.
Don’t count on seeing the bike on the streets or in the air anytime soon. Besides only existing as a prototype, it reportedly cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to make, to say nothing of the red tape it would have to go through just to be street legal. Until then, check out video of the flying bike here.
Credit: Stanislav Zbynek, CTK