By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Flying cars got a lot of buzz this past week, from the unveiling of a prototype craft to a summit on airborne ride sharing.

“This science fiction dream — this idea of a personal aircraft that maybe one day we can use to commute to work — it’s getting a little bit real.”

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Incrementally, anyway, says Bloomberg’s Brad Stone.

The ‘Flyer’ made by Kitty Hawk, a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page is more of a jet ski-meets-human-sized drone than a car, it’s designed to work over water.

“This is a single-person vehicle, said Stone. “It doesn’t really conform to the dream that some people and some companies have — that these could be flying autonomous taxis to take us to and from work. This looks a little bit more like a recreational vehicle.”

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Most ‘flying cars’ are based on VTOL or Vertical Take-Off and Landing, where no runway is needed.

An Airbus concept has a quadcopter that enables a passenger pod to detach from its road-bound undercarriage and take flight.

For the Kitty Hawk Flyer, no pilot’s license is needed.

The company says government has OK’d it for flying in ‘uncongested areas.’

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It could be on sale by the end of the year, but there’s no price tag yet.