Kitty Hawk's Autonomous Air Taxi 'Cora' Nears Regulatory Approval in New Zealand

Kitty Hawk's Autonomous Air Taxi 'Cora' Nears Regulatory Approval in New Zealand

Kitty Hawk's Autonomous Air Taxi 'Cora' Nears Regulatory Approval in New Zealand

Now that project is about to go public: On Tuesday, Page's company and the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, will announce that they have reached an agreement to test Kitty Hawk's autonomous planes as part of an official certification process.

The aircraft, known as Cora, has a wingspan of 12 feet with a dozen rotors all powered by batteries.

In fact a company called Kitty Hawk has unveiled their next step in making that a reality by taking the wraps off Cora, a flying taxi which is basically a auto that can fly.

Multiple propellers make a vehicle safer and more stable, and it also makes it easier to design vehicles with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities.

"New Zealand's Central Aviation Authority has the respect of the worldwide regulatory community".

Page's company is also developing a prototype personal aircraft called the Kitty Hawk Flyer and unveiled an early model in the United States past year.

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A pilot-less "air taxi" supported by tech investor Larry Page - called Cora - was unveiled this week. Cora, what looks to be the first working prototype from Kitty Hawk, is just one of many self-flying machines that are testing their wings. The vehicle can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane, traveling at over 93 miles per hour.

There are also some rival companies which have been laying the groundwork for air taxis. This means that the rules it develops may become an example for other nations, including the US. Airbus made an investment two weeks ago in Blade, an aviation startup in NY. Uber has a division by itself called Uber Elevate. Zephyr Airwork's CEO is Fred Reid, the founding CEO of Virgin America and former president of Delta Air Lines.

Due to its relative isolation from other nations and long stretches of uninhabited land, New Zealand is the ideal testing ground for Kitty Hawk to prove its tech works without getting in the way of commercial planes or endangering people on the ground.

A number of start-ups and Silicon Valley giants have at least toyed with the idea of building and operating a fleet of autonomous, electric flying taxis, but so far it has remained largely on the drawing board.

The vehicle, has been under development for eight years, and it can take off and land vertically, much like a helicopter.

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