Larry Page's flying taxis might take off in New Zealand by 2021

Larry Page's flying taxis might take off in New Zealand by 2021

Larry Page's flying taxis might take off in New Zealand by 2021

"With New Zealand's internationally respected aviation certification processes, and the country's first on-road testing of a fully autonomous electric vehicle, the South Island is the obvious place to test Cora", he says.

The startup, Kitty Hawk, envisages that flying cars will be the new norm and is financed by Google cofounder Larry Page and led by ex-Google scientist Sebastian Thrun.

The report says Kitty Hawk is already working on a taxi-hailing app, and plans to run the entire operation itself. Cora will use 12 lift rotors on the wings to take off and land vertically and will use a single propeller to power its fixed-wing flight. With a 36-foot wingspan, the aircraft flies between 500 and 3,000 feet above the ground at around 110 miles per hour.

Kitty Hawk, which has so far only demonstrated its piloted recreational hovercraft (a luxury item created to help it spur development of its autonomous air taxis) has been testing its autonomous electric passenger aircraft, which resembles a small plane with variable rotors that can go from a vertical alignment for take-off and landing, to a horizontal one for flying like an ordinary plane through the skies. We first saw the news via The New York Times.

Kitty Hawk is based in California, and a company called Zephyr Airworks is their operator in New Zealand. Bonus points: The Kitty Hawk taxis will be autonomous. That's why Cora can take off and land like a helicopter, eliminating the need for runways.

Spring Statement: Chancellor Philip Hammond reveals stronger borrowing forecasts
Economists expect Mr Hammond to announce that borrowing is set to be around £7billion lower in 2017-18 than had been predicted. Hammond's comment that "we [the Conservatives] are the party of small businesses" and of entrepreneurs is a case in point.

Joy Behar Of 'The View' Apologizes For Mike Pence 'Mental Illness' Comment
Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. "So does mine, but I'm not as good at it as you", Hannity remarked. She was very honest , and she apologized". "I don't think it was right", Iger also stated.

Nine CRPF personnel killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack
Attacking the Centre, Gandhi said the incident reflected a "deteriorating" internal security situation due to "flawed policies". Earlier on the day, Maoists had staged a similar attack but they fled after the CRPF personnel retaliated the fire.

The next phase of prototype testing is being carried out in New Zealand.

Flight tests soon followed under an experimental airworthiness certificate from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority and the United States Federal Aviation Administration.

Kitty Hawk's idea is to build a network of self-flying air taxis.

I've spoken to Thrun about the potential of flying "cars" in the past, and the former Google self-driving vehicle project pioneer is extremely bullish on the idea.

Latest News