Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Larry Page's Air Taxi Takes Flight

Larry Page's Air Taxi Takes Flight

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister, has introduced the venture together with Fred Reid, chief executive of Zephyr Airworks, Kitty Hawk's operator in the country.

Right now, the VTOL can go 62 miles on a charge in the air while carrying two passengers, and Cora has passed its first public test with flying colors.

Alphabet chief executive Larry Page has been putting his vast wealth into a number of projects, including a flying taxi start-up now testing in New Zealand. Check out the design in the images and stay tuned for much more from Kitty Hawk coming soon. Velocopter is working on flying taxis in Dubai, Airbus recently had a flight test for its self-piloted flying auto, and Uber is working with NASA on its flying taxis initiatives.

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Thrun seemed incredibly confident in the ability of autonomous air transport to make a significant impact sooner than most people think when I spoke to him about Udacity's flying vehicle nanondegree program, and now it's obvious why: His own company is making great strides towards fielding an actual commercial service.

"I have had the privilege of seeing the self-piloted air taxi and I am very excited about what it offers for future generations - to live and move in a way that has never been possible before".

Kitty Hawk did its unveiling via a YouTube video and a statement that appeared to take a swipe at the U.S.'s aviation regulations.

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The team found its Kitty Hawk in New Zealand, where regulators are apparently into the firm's all-electric, renewable-energy mission. It takes off vertically like a helicopter and then flies horizontally at fairly high speeds like an airplane. Boeing bought Aurora Flight Sciences, Airbus made an investment in Blade, and Uber is already working on the same idea with Uber Elevate.

Countries in the Middle East and Africa have been more willing to allow unmanned flights. The company suggested a long-term plan to bring a commercial air-taxi service to New Zealand. That means that the rules it develops may become a template for other nations, including the United States.

Kitty Hawk's competitors include Joby Aviation, which announced raising $100 million in a Series B round of financing last month.

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