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Larry Page's air taxis are already flying above New Zealand

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Terence Owen | 13 March, 2018, 19:18

Mountain View-based Kitty Hawk, which is financed by Google co-founder Page, describes Cora as an air taxi. The design is known as the Cora aircraft, a hybrid vertical take-off, and landing creation.

New Zealand is focused on becoming "net carbon zero" by the year 2050, which is why prime minister Jacinda Ardern embraced the emissions-free transportation project. According to the company's FAQ, the plane has three independent flight-computers and can navigate even if one goes down, while each rotor works independently and just in case things really go wrong the plane has a parachute for landing without its fans. The cabin will seat two passengers. Therefore, Cora has no need for a runway. In keeping with 21st-century trends, it's also fully electric with a range of about 62 miles.

Speed: About 110 miles per hour / about 180 kilometres per hour.

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The company has been pitching the air taxi privately since 2016, finally choosing New Zealand as its R&D and certification location as well as its launch market due to the country's large support of renewable energy and electric vehicles as well as its accommodating airspace regulations. Kitty Hawk's operations in New Zealand, however, is being led by Zephyr Networks, whose chief executive is Fred Reid, founding CEO of Virgin America.

Kitty Hawk and other companies now pursuing autonomous electric taxi services still face significant regulatory hurdles in the USA before the unique business models can become a reality. A timeline on the website shows how far things have come over the years, from its first hover in 2011, first self-piloted transition in 2014 and the beginning of self-piloted testing in New Zealand last October.

You might not think of New Zealand as being on the cutting edge of aviation innovations, but with a new self-flying taxi aiming to achieve regulatory approval, perhaps it's time to rethink that assessment.

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