Flying Taxi Backed by Google Founder Running Tests In New Zealand

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As the world advances towards autonomous transportations, a flying taxi start-up that is backed by Larry Page, the founder of Google, is being tested in New Zealand.

Cora is founded and developed by Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk is based in Silicon-Valley. It said that Zephyr Airworks, its operator in New Zealand, was already working with businesses, local communities, and the government to get the venture up and running in the coming years.

Oon its website, Kitty Hawk stated: “After a global search for a partner, Cora has landed in New Zealand to start a new phase of evolution.

“With its commitment to innovation and forward thinking regulatory ecosystem, New Zealand is the perfect collaborator.”

Cora is one of the many sustainable energy alternatives that is placed forward by startups that are looking to mitigate pressures on the environment. It has been created to “rise like a helicopter and fly like a plane.” It means that unlike a conventional aircraft, it does not require to fly from a runway.

Mercedes-Benz and Airbus have also introduced similar ideas for driverless vehicles. A driverless taxi that the passengers can summon using their phone was designed by Airbus, while the Future Bus of Mercedes-Benz has the ability to self-drive like a truck with highway pilot.

Last year, Kitty Hawk revealed the Kitty Hawk Flyer, its first prototype. The “all-electric vehicle” has the ability to fly over water and drivers would not need a pilot’s license.