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US: 13,000 people sign up for drone rides at 25 cities

US: 13,000 people sign up for drone rides at 25 cities
Drone rides expected to compete with more expensive helicopter joyrides across US

By Vakkas Dogantekin

ANKARA (AA) - Some 13,000 people have signed up in less than a year for joyrides on the Hexa passenger drone developed by Lift Aircrafts based in Texas.

According to a story published at tech website GeekWire on Wednesday, Matt Chasen, a former Boeing engineer and veteran entrepreneur, is letting experts fly the 432-pound (around 196-kilogram), electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing craft for a series of beta tests.

Headquartered in capital Austin, the tech hub of Texas, Lift has built and tested three Hexa prototypes, and would let tech geeks to purchase the aircraft and accessories for $495,000.

Online retail giant Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos is also known for his keen interest in these drones, who arrived in Amazon’s MARS conference in March in a Hexa.

The rides Lift plans to provide during a 25-city tour are due to kick off next year and will cost $149-$249, depending on duration.

Lift said New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Austin are already sold out but Seattle and Portland are still in play.

source: News Feed
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