Flying taxis will soon take to the air in New Zealand tests

14 March, 2018, 06:21 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Cora can carry two passengers

Being that the plane is fairly quiet, it could help make the idea of flying taxis more appealing, being that city residents won't have to constantly be disturbed by the loud sounds of traditional planes.

It has managed to go under the radar in New Zealand because until now it has been operating under the different name of Zephyr Airworks, but some intrigued investigators began to connect the dots after it was found its chief executive was named Fred Reid, president of another company associated with Page called Zee Aero that also shared the Kitty Hawk craft's codename, Zee.Aero.

Kitty Hawk, the secretive flying-car startup that's funded by Alphabet CEO Larry Page, has finally taken the wraps off its flying taxi, which it calls Cora.

The Cora features a lift-and-cruise configuration, which has emerged as one of three popular categories for the emerging class of electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis.

As for how Kitty Hawk's self-flying tech works, we haven't seen anything revealed yet.

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However, on the South Island of New Zealand, a start-up called Kitty Hawk is taking a massive step towards it becoming a reality by going out of "stealth" testing and moving into fully public testing.

Current regulations in the United States would make a Kitty Hawk taxi service impossible.

According to Kitty Hawk, the Cora has a range of about 60 miles (100 kilometers) on one charge, can travel up to 110 mph (180 km/h), and has an operational altitude between 500 and 3,000 feet (150 to 910 meters).

Mr Johns says it is fitting that this part of the world hosts the trials of the electric self-piloting air taxi.

It is expected that people would eventually use the flying vehicle called Cora, for short trips they typically take by auto, to combat the growing problem of vehicle congestion on the ground.

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Countries in the Middle East and Africa have been more willing to allow unmanned flights.

In November 2017, Boeing bought Aurora Flight Sciences.

In other words, unless you live in New Zealand, don't necessarily count on climbing into an autonomous air taxi anytime soon.

Anyone hoping to pick up their own autonomous flying taxi for personal use in the next few years will be disappointed.

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