Flying Bike AERWINS XTurismo

The AERWINS XTurismo hoverbike is wild-looking and wild-riding. The XTurismo, like a recreational drone, has advanced sensors and technology but can carry a person. Now, it's debuting at the Detroit Auto Show and will be demonstrated in person.

Shuhei Komatsu, AERWINS Technologies' founder, director, chairman, and CEO, told The Detroit News, "It's exciting to be in Detroit. Detroit's mobility industry" He called it a "Dark Side land speeder."

The XTurismo has a Kawasaki gasoline-electric hybrid engine. AERWINS hasn't said how much power it has, but the craft weighs 661 pounds (299 kg) and can fly for 40 minutes at 62 mph (100 km/h).

This $777,000 ride isn't cheap, but the CEO believes the brand can change that. By 2025, AERWINS hopes to offer a $50,000 hoverbike. If this hope comes true, it could be one of the decade's most shocking car developments. The company hopes to offer a smaller XTurismo in the US by 2025.

The hoverbike will debut in North America at the Detroit Auto Show. Multiple videos and tests from Japan and elsewhere have proven the platform's viability.

In Japan, hoverbikes aren't considered aircraft, so owners don't need a license. AERWINS hopes to get a similar pass in the U.S.

Individual flying vehicles would change travel today, but the company sees its main customers as the wealthy and governments that want to use it for policing and infrastructure inspection.