Russian-American aero design company Hoversurf has successfully tested a real-live flying four-rotor manned drone that was made to resemble a motocross bike. Hoversurf has a patent on the bike, which with its armored pilot looks like an Imperial Speeder Bike.
The Hoversurf Scorpion-3 is a "human-carrying drone" according to the company. "It’s a unique electric-powered vessel combining a motorcycle seat with quadcopter drone technology bringing speed agility and stability of flight to the hands of amateur and professional navigators," explains Hoversurf's web site.
As you might guess, considering the potential hazard of crashing, falling off from high altitude or become involved with the Scorpion's whirling rotors, Hoversurf regards the bike as an instrument of extreme sports activities rather than regular personal transportation.
However, with additional development and refinement, mainstream uses in the future are possible.
The key to the Scorpion's successful test is the flight control software that lets the pilot reliably control the bike's direction, according to Hoversurf. Call us back when you get the blasters mounted.