Google’s Co-Founder Is Developing A Self-Driving Air Taxi

Google’s Co-Founder Is Developing A Self-Driving Air Taxi
Automotive

The all-electric Cora aims to reduce pollution and alleviate traffic while requiring no flying expertise or pilot's license to operate

Dave Pinter, PSFK
  • 16 march 2018

Automakers are racing to be the first to produce an all-electric autonomous vehicle to mitigate traffic and pollution issues. There are already numerous concepts and prototypes that have been presented and some are moving into production development. California-based aeronautical company Kitty Hawk is looking to create this type of vehicle for the aircraft industry. After eight years of development, Kitty Hawk has revealed Cora, its first working prototype of a personal air taxi.

So is Cora a flying car? The answer is no: It’s closer to a mixture between a drone and an airplane. Electrically powered, Cora produces zero emissions and  can take off and land vertically like a drone, requiring only a small helicopter-sized landing pad. Kitty Hawk designed the Cora to be flown autonomously, emphasizing that no training in flying or pilot’s license would be required. Software would handle direct navigation while flights would be monitored remotely by a human supervisor.

Kitty Hawk has already conducted its own successful test flights of Cora. Part of its launch announcement included news that New Zealand will become a partner in supporting further development of the vehicle, with the goal of creating a functioning Cora-based air taxi service.

Kitty Hawk


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Automakers are racing to be the first to produce an all-electric autonomous vehicle to mitigate traffic and pollution issues. There are already numerous concepts and prototypes that have been presented and some are moving into production development. California-based aeronautical company Kitty Hawk is looking to create this type of vehicle for the aircraft industry. After eight years of development, Kitty Hawk has revealed Cora, its first working prototype of a personal air taxi.

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