Industry Kitty Hawk unveils autonomous flying taxi Cora
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Google co-founder Larry Page´s drone company Kitty Hawk has unveiled its autonomous flying taxi “Cora”.
The aircraft will seat two passengers and will fly 110 mph with electricity. Kitty Hawk hopes to contribute its part in building a sustainable world.
The all electric Cora will be able to fly up to 914 meters (3,000ft) above ground and has a wingspan of 11 meters. The aircraft will take off vertically like a drone, and then use its propeller at the back to gain speed. It is equipped with 12 rotors.
Cora said in a blog post: “After almost 8 years of engineering, re-engineering and re-re-engineering, we had done it. We had designed an air taxi, affectionately named Cora, that could take off like a helicopter and transition to flying like a plane. The possibilities were limitless.”
The company now seeks approval for launching its autonomous passenger system in New Zealand. Within three years, Kitty Hawk hopes to gain the aircraft´s certification.
Dr. Peter Crabtree of New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) commented: “In New Zealand, we know we can’t keep using the same old approaches to meet our future challenges. We saw Cora’s potential as a sustainable, efficient and transformative technology that can enrich people’s lives, not only in New Zealand, but ultimately the whole world.”
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