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Tech & Science Larry Page’s self-flying air taxis to take off in 3 years

09:06  13 march  2018
09:06  13 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Kitty Hawk, an aeronautics firm funded by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page , is inching closer to its plans of creating Uber for flights: it’ s unveiled Cora, a fully electric self - flying air taxi that can cover 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge – and you’ll soon be able to hail one with your phone.

Larry Page ' s self - flying air taxis to take off in 3 years - thenextweb.com. Kitty Hawk, an aeronautics firm funded by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page , is inching closer to its plans of creating Uber for flights: it’ s unveiled Cora, a fully electric self

  Larry Page’s self-flying air taxis to take off in 3 years © Provided by The Next WebKitty Hawk, an aeronautics firm funded by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page, is inching closer to its plans of creating Uber for flights: it’s unveiled Cora, a fully electric self-flying air taxi that can cover 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge – and you’ll soon be able to hail one with your phone.

Cora has been in the works for a while now, and it’s just been cleared to begin tests in New Zealand. The goal is for Kitty Hawk to launch a fleet of its flying taxis within the next three years. You can watch a clip of the vehicle in action here.

Powered by batteries and driven by a dozen rotors, the vehicle has a wingspan of 3.6m (12 feet), and can seat two passengers. It can take off vertically, which means it doesn’t need a runaway to land on – a parking lot or rooftop will do. Kitty Hawk is already managing operations in New Zealand through Zephyr Airworks, a company it set up in the country in 2016, and is also building an app that will let you hail flights.

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Kitty Hawk, an aeronautics firm funded by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page , is inching closer to its plans of creating Uber for flights: it’ s unveiled Cora, a fully electric self - flying air taxi that can cover 100 km (62 miles) on a single charge – and you’ll soon be able to hail one with your phone.

Having received approval for testing, Cora is now among the handful of efforts to make commuting by air a reality. Kitty Hawk itself promised a single-passenger drone by the end of 2017, which didn’t materialize, and Chinese firm Ehang also missed a deadline to begin ferrying people across Dubai last year – but it did show off a working model of its 184 passenger drone last month.

A future of traffic in the skies, it seems, is imminent.

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