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Larry Page’s pilotless flying car unveiled: Google founder shows off Cora air taxi that could become an ‘Uber for the skies’ by 2021






Larry Page’s pilotless flying car unveiled: Google founder shows off Cora air taxi that could become an ‘Uber for the skies’ by 2021

  • In 2016, Page invested in a company dubbed Kitty Hawk, which is developing the Cora flying car
  • Kitty Hawk said it is working with the New Zealand government to commercialize its flying cars
  • Once airborne, a single rear propeller pushes Cora through the air at speeds of up to 110 mph (180 kph)
  • It is designed to use self-flying software, which controls its 12 fans to provide lift-off and forward thrust

Google founder Larry Page has unveiled incredible footage of his flying taxi, Cora.

Cora will take take to the skies in 2021 and act as an ‘Uber for the skies’, according to Kitty Hawk, the company behind the electric vertical take off and landing vehicle.

Built with funding from Page, the craft is designed to use self-flying software, which controls its 12 fans to provide lift-off and forward thrust – without the need for a runway.

Once airborne, a single rear propeller pushes Cora through the air at speeds of up to 110 mph (180 kph) at altitudes between 500 and 3,000 feet (150 and 910 metres).

New Zealand’s government is officially announcing an agreement to test the vehicles, revealed for the first time in stunning footage, in the country.

Cora was created by Kitty Hawk, run by former Google X head Sebastian Thrun and named after the town in North Carolina where the Wright brothers completed their first controlled flight.

The firm hopes to use New Zealand as its base of operations for testing out the next generation of vehicles to push the envelope of aviation technology.




In a statement accompanying the launch video, the company appeared to take a swipe at regulations in the US, which have prevented the vehicle being tested there.

‘A path to certifying an air taxi for everyday use just didn’t exist. We had our aircraft. We had our moment. But there was no place in the world where Cora could take the next step. We had no Kitty Hawk of our own,’ the statement read.

‘America in the early 20th century of the Wright Brothers was a hotbed of invention and discovery. We needed a place that was just as bold and dynamic in order to bring Cora to the commercial market.’

Kitty Hawk shipped its first air taxi to New Zealand in October 2017, where initial tests began shortly after. Talks have reportedly been ongoing with the government for the past 18 months.

The project is being run by Zephyr Airworks, formerly known as Zee.Aero, one of two firms funded by Page to develop flying cars.

Users will one day be able to use an app being designed by the company to let hail a Cora, in a similar manner to an Uber.

 

 

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