If you’ve ever dreamed of levitating out of traffic when cycling to work, your dreams may soon come true. Three Czech companies have joined forces to develop a helicopter/bicycle hybrid, complete with giant propellers above the front and rear wheels. Although the bike isn’t quite ready to carry a human on board, it has already been tested by remote control and it can fly for five minutes straight.
The helicopter bike prototype may look a little like the rider is transporting two wind turbines, but those cage-protected propellers create enough power to lift the bike vertically into flight. Weighing in at 209 pounds, the prototype has two large battery-operated propellers on the front and back, and one smaller propeller on each side which is supposed to give steering control in addition to flight.
It is unclear just what a helicopter bike will be used for in the future, with the obvious issue being safety-as falling off your bike would take on a whole new level of danger.
For now, the helicopter bike is operated by remote control, with a crash test dummy going for the inaugural ride rather than a human driver. The prototype will need further safety testing and much strong batteries to allow a human to cycle their way into flight. It is also unclear how the cyclist will control the steering once in flight, as the propellers are currently driven by remote control.