Autonomous air taxi took its first flight in New Zealand. - Android

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Autonomous air taxi took its first flight in New Zealand. - Android

Autonomous air taxi took its first flight in New Zealand.

Google founder Larry Page had reportedly funded a startup for a "flying car" project back in 2016. The Flyer recreational vehicle was unveiled last year, and today the company has unveiled Cora an "air taxi".

Developed by Page's Kitty Hawk company, the autonomous electric vehicle is intended for use as part of a transportation service and will not be sold to individual users. The air-taxi has a build in self-flying software, which uses 12 lift fans for vertical take-off and landing similar to a helicopter.

Once the taxi is in the air, a single propeller drives Cora at about 110 miles per hour. The taxi can reach altitudes between 500 to 3,000 feet. It has three independent flight-computers which can be used to navigate even if one goes down, while each rotor works independently. The plane also has a parachute for additional safety.

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13/03/2018 08:32 AM