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.

The company Kitty Hawk has been testing a new kind of fully electric, self -piloting flying taxi . It takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane.Published Well, it turns out that the airborne vehicle has been part of a series of “stealth” test flights by a company personally financed by Larry Page , the

  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.

It' s built to use self - flying software, and uses 12 lift fans for vertical take - off and landing (VTOL) like a helicopter, so there' s no need for a runway. Cora by Kitty Hawk, fully electric, self-piloting air taxi | Larry Page , Sebastian Thrun - Продолжительность: 2:46 MDx media 1 254 просмотра.

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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