Google cofounder Larry Page’s flying taxi project is cleared for take off.
Kitty Hawk, the Silicon Valley startup backed by Web page, mentioned it’s constructing and testing “all-electric vertical take-off and touchdown merchandise” in New Zealand.
It launched footage of a type of autos in flight, billing it as a cross between the Delorean from “Again to the Future” and “The Jetsons” hovercar.
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Dubbed “Cora,” the car can “take off like a helicopter and transition to flying like a airplane,” Kitty Hawk mentioned in an announcement on Monday.
Cora can also be self-piloting, can fly quicker than 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour) and has a spread of 100 kilometers (62 miles), in accordance to the firm.
“We’re providing a air pollution free, emissions free car that flies independently,” Fred Reid, head of Kitty Hawk operations in New Zealand, mentioned in a video posted on the firm’s web site.
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Kitty Hawk had beforehand examined one other flying car prototype known as the “Flyer” final April. It appeared much less like a automotive than a jet ski with wings.
A number of different corporations, together with Uber and Airbus, are additionally racing to commercialize flying taxis. The autos extra typically appear to be small planes than flying automobiles. Like Kitty Hawk’s Cora, many depend on drone expertise and vertical takeoff and touchdown, so they do not want a runway.
Airbus’ ( flying automotive prototype — the Vahana — made its maiden flight in Oregon final month. Executives mentioned they hope to have a marketable model of Vahana prepared to promote in 2020. )
CNNMoney (Hong Kong) First printed March 13, 2018: 5:21 AM ET