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Driverless, electric flying taxi unveiled

The Google-backed company says the vehicle has a range of around 100km on a single charge


March 15, 2018
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The Google-backed company Kitty Hawk has unveiled a driverless, electric flying taxi. The hybrid vertical take-off and landing design that can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane, the company said. This eliminates the need for a runway and creates the possibility of taking off from places like rooftops.

The vehicle can travel at over 150km per hour, and has a range of around 100km on a single charge. It combines electric power, self-piloting software and vertical take-off.

The company says that Cora will use self-flying software combined with human oversight to make flying possible for people without training. As well, the aircraft is powered by the same kind of technology that helps electric cars contribute to a more sustainable world, the company says.

This aircraft will not be available for consumer sale. Cora will be a part of a service similar to an airline or a rideshare. They hope to launch sometime around 2021 once it completes testing with New Zealand.