Star Wars or real life? Check out this hoverbike Article

Expect a small version to be introduced in the US next year

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Imagine hovering through the air on a flying motorcycle, just like Princess Leia Return of the Jedi.

Well, you can stop imagining because it’s a real thing.

In the Star Wars movie Return of the Jedi, Princess Leia rides on a flying motorcycle. (Image credit: Disney/YouTube)

A hoverbike designed by a Japanese company called AERWINS Technologies was introduced to a North American audience for the first time at the Detroit auto show on Sept. 15.

The vehicle is already for sale in Japan, and it is expected to be sold in the United States in the coming years, but at a price.

Keep reading to find out exactly how much it will cost, but let’s just say your allowance isn’t going to cut it!

What it feels like to ride one

If this sounds to you like something out of Star Warsyou’re not alone.

That’s how Thad Szott, co-chair of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, said he felt after he tested out the hoverbike.

“I feel like I’m literally 15 years old and I just got out of Star Wars and jumped on their bike.”

He described the ride as smooth and comfortable.

The co-chair of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit got to test out the hoverbike on Sept. 15. (Image credit: Reuters)

Quick facts:

  • The hoverbike can fly for about 40 minutes and travel up to 100 km/h.

  • Expect a smaller version to be available in the US beginning in 2023, according to Shuhei Komatsu, founder and CEO of AERWINS.

Thad Szott said driving the hoverbike made him feel like a kid. (Image credit: Reuters)

  • The current model costs just over $1 million Cdn.

  • AERWINS hopes to have an electric version for sale in 2025 for about $65,000 Cdn.

Not the only innovation on display

The Detroit auto show runs from Sept. 14 to 25.

It showcases the latest trends and technology in the automotive industry.

Once a big event, this year’s show was smaller than pre-COVID years, because some automakers say they can get more attention with a digital audience.

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With files from Reuters and The Associated Press

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