If you think the electric autonomous car future sounds boring, there are flying cars and more on the horizon. To that end, may we present the “CopterPack?” It’s an electric backpack helicopter, for lack of a better description. It is currently being developed in its home base of Australia. You essentially turn yourself into an aircraft after belting into the CopterPack. That sounds even more exciting than flying cars.

How does CopterPack work?

electric backpack helicopter flies with self-leveling

CopterPack flying backpack | CopterPack

The CopterPack starts with a very light airframe of carbon fiber and honeycomb. According to the team developing it, once you strap it on, you and the aircraft feel like you’re one. As we said, your body turns into an aircraft.

The video has a disclaimer. When shot, the demonstration was tethered. It did this to determine flight dynamics and its stabilization assists. So while it was not flying free, it was flying. As you can see, without anything protecting the pilot, a helmet is needed.

What powers the CopterPack?

electric backpack helicopter flies with self-leveling

CopterPack flying backpack | CopterPack

It also appears that the two propellers need to be spun with high-powered engines, or even jet engines. They tilt to help achieve takeoff. Each propeller can tilt independently to fine-tune maneuverability. They also appear not to be protected, which could cause issues. But again, this is in the developmental stage. At this point, no one knows what the final design will be.

Maybe the most interesting part of the CopterPack is that it incorporates a self-leveling autopilot system. So what that means is the backpack would be programmed to travel a certain distance or location, and the rider is, well, along for the ride. It’s autonomous, stripped-down flight.

How do you fly it?

electric backpack helicopter flies with self-leveling

CopterPack flying backpack | CopterPack

Body vectoring dictates the direction of the flight. Tilting forward or backward takes you in that direction. The same goes for side-to-side movement. There are also LED lights that help to determine where the horizon is in the dark. The two joysticks control directions, speed, propulsion strength, and altitude.

Right now, the company is being mum about specifications. So we don’t know anything about the engines, the weight of the CopterPack, or the costs. But we know about similar helicopter packs and flying suits.

There is the “wingless jet pack” made by Jetpack Aviation, also in Australia. There is also a “jet wing pack” that supposedly can do 248 mph. From Jetman Dubai, the designer is Yves Rossy formerly a Swiss Air Force pilot. MotorBiscuit has also shown you the SD-03 flying car, and Franky Zapata’s DragonAir Airboard 2.

The Royal Marines are testing a Gravity suit

electric backpack helicopter flies with self-leveling

Royal Marines testing gravity suit | RM

There are shots of the Royal Marines testing a gravity suit. The need for this type of propulsion is to be able to get to a destroyer or frigate at sea from a support vessel. Each gravity suit costs $440,000. So these are not motorized skateboards.

There have been rumors that CopterPack wants its backpack drone to come in at under $20,000. Should that ultimately happen, it puts this type of propulsion in the aviator vanguard. It might even be its own version of Tesla, but for flying backpacks.

MOTOR'S NEWS RELATED

Join Road & Track and Car and Driver on Our Annual Car of the Year Tests

Check out today's coolest new cars alongside editors at Performance Car of the Year, Lightning Lap, and 10Best Awards.

View more: Join Road & Track and Car and Driver on Our Annual Car of the Year Tests

Satisfying Subaru SUVs That People Love Driving and Owning

Satisfying Subaru SUVs that people love driving include the 2022 Crosstrek The 2022 Forester is another Satisfying Subaru SUV that people love Don’t overlook the 2022 Outback for a stress-free driving experience Subaru makes a reliable and safe sport utility vehicle, but that’s not all. These Satisfying Subaru SUVs ...

View more: Satisfying Subaru SUVs That People Love Driving and Owning

Holiday Rambler Eclipse RV Debuts With Theater Seats, Drop-Down Loft

It’s available with three different floor plans.

View more: Holiday Rambler Eclipse RV Debuts With Theater Seats, Drop-Down Loft

Genesis prices 2023 G80 electric car at $81,000, expands EVs to more states

Genesis on Thursday expanded the breadth and availability of its electric car lineup on its path to becoming a fully electric automaker by 2030. The luxury brand’s newest car, the 2023 Electrified Genesis G80, will cost $80,920 (including a $1,095 destination fee) when it goes on sale in September. The ...

View more: Genesis prices 2023 G80 electric car at $81,000, expands EVs to more states

This C5 Corvette Turned Off-Roader Could be Yours For Small Bucks

Photo: Caleb Hodshire/Facebook Fans of the Chevrolet Corvette and off-road vehicles now have a golden opportunity to combine their two passions for a small amount of money. A tuning enthusiast in Illinois, who specializes in Corvette conversions, is selling on Marketplace a fifth-generation (C5) 1999 Corvette built to venture ...

View more: This C5 Corvette Turned Off-Roader Could be Yours For Small Bucks

Audi heads to F1, 2025 Cadillac Celestiq, 2023 Electrified Genesis G80: Today's Car News

Audi confirmed it will enter F1 for the 2026 season. The automaker will team with a thus far unknown chassis partner to provide power units that will be built in Germany and run on synthetic fuel. Alfa Rome announced it will split with Sauber, and all points sign to Audi ...

View more: Audi heads to F1, 2025 Cadillac Celestiq, 2023 Electrified Genesis G80: Today's Car News

Genesis expands GV60, an electric SUV, availability to four more US states

Where is the Genesis GV60 available to buy Electrek’s Take Now might be your chance if you’ve been waiting to buy the Genesis GV60 EV SUV. The Korean luxury automaker announced Tuesday that its flagship electric SUV, the GV60, will be available in four more US states starting in ...

View more: Genesis expands GV60, an electric SUV, availability to four more US states

Our Long-Term 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is off to an Unforgettable Start

With our 668-hp, six-speed-manual sports sedan, the highs are high, and the lows are low.

View more: Our Long-Term 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing Is off to an Unforgettable Start

Dodge goes electric in style | Autoblog Podcast #744

Tested: Best Car Vacuums for 2022

China: Power to the people or to the carmakers?

Tesla premium connectivity through Starlink V2 confirmed

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning strapped to dyno despite challenges

1983 DeLorean DMC-12 with 5,397 miles for sale

Numbers of Koenigsegg CC850s increase to 70 due to high demand

Tech Deep Dive: What Makes the New Porsche GT3 RS the Most Extreme 911 Ever

4 Terrible 2022 Subcompact SUVs That Consumer Reports Predicts Owners Will Hate

Xiaomi in talks with BAIC to produce electric cars, says Bloomberg

Audi Has Decided to Enter Formula 1 in 2026 After Much Speculation

North Dakota Swing Ahead For WoO: What To Watch For

OTHER MOTO NEWS