Larry Page's Air Taxi Takes Flight

Andrew Cummings
March 13, 2018

Of course, Kitty Hawk isn't the only company working on "air taxi" concepts, but others like EHang and Uber Elevate aren't in operation yet either.

Reports surfaced in 2016 that Google co-founder (and now Alphabet CEO) Larry Page had two "flying car" projects in the works, and while we saw the Flyer recreational vehicle unveiled previous year, today it's time to meet Cora.

When reached for additional comment Tuesday, a Kitty Hawk spokesperson would only refer us to the company's fact sheet and website.

Known as Cora, the aircraft uses a multi-rotor system to take off and land vertically without the need for a runway.

Capacity: Designed for two passengers.

Anyone hoping to pick up their own autonomous flying taxi for personal use in the next few years will be disappointed. Now, it would seem that Cora and the company behind it are nearly ready for prime time, as Kitty Hawk and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced that an agreement has been reached that will see Kitty Hawk's portfolio officially tested for certification. Small and effective, the Cora features a range of around 62 miles on a single charge.

Self-flying taxis could zip through the skies of New Zealand if Kitty Hawk has anything to do about it. The vehicle has wings like a plane, but each wing has a series of small helicopter blades on them.

"Zephyr Airworks came here because of the ease of doing business in New Zealand, our safety-focused regulatory environment, our culture of ingenuity and our vision for clean technologies and future transport alternatives". The goal, according to a report from the New York Times, is to have a network of commercial air taxis up and flying over new New Zealand within three years. It looked less like a vehicle than a jet ski with wings.

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