XTURISMO Hover Bike Demonstrates How We Will Get Around In Future

Technology firm AERWINS have created the XTURISMO - a hover bike that offers users a stylish ride through the air. Like a drone, the XTURISMO is equipped with advanced sensors and technology but can also be ridden like a normal bike - except it's airborne, as it proved when making its U.S. debut at the Detroit Auto Show, which runs from 14 to 25 September 2022. AERWINS Technologies gave a live demonstration of the hover bike at Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit. The hover bike is available to order in Japan, where authorities don't classify it as an aircraft and you do not require a pilot's license to use it. CEO Shuhei Komatsu is hoping U.S. officials classify it similarly. The company plans to begin selling a smaller version of the XTURISMO hover bike in the United States in 2023. The estimated price for the current vehicle is $777,000 but by 2025, a smaller version could cost as little $50,000. Although early adopters may buy the craft for recreation, Komatsu also hopes for orders from law enforcement and those inspecting infrastructure with a view to it eventually becoming a vehicle for everyday use. The machine has a gasoline-electric hybrid with a Kawasaki motor.