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

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

This time around, though, Kitty Hawk's ambitions are bigger.

In April a year ago, Google co-founder Larry Page publicly announced he was building an electric, flying auto through a company called Kitty Hawk. The nation's government is working with Kitty Hawk to firm up regulatory approval.

The combination of electric power, self-piloting software and vertical take-off pioneers a new way to fly. Once it's in the air, all those propellers provide more traditionally plane-like forward thrust. The cabin will seat two passengers.

Kitty Hawk, a Silicon Valley aviation company, revealed that it has conducted secret test flights in New Zealand under the cover of a local subsidiary, Zephyr Airworks.

The technology, eight years in the making, had been searching for its own Kitty Hawk, where it could test "an air taxi, affectionately named Cora, that could take off like a helicopter and transition to flying like a plane", according to the release. Small and effective, the Cora features a range of around 62 miles on a single charge.

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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. They've found a collaborator in New Zealand; prime minister Jacinda Ardern told The New York Times, "We've got an ambitious target in New Zealand of being net carbon zero by 2050...exciting projects like this are part of how we make that happen".

Zee.Aero, by the way, had been testing flying cars in California in the past couple of years.

Several other companies, including Uber and Airbus, are also racing to commercialize flying taxis.

Hell, even Porsche is down with the idea of a flying auto. It looked less like a auto than a jet ski with wings.

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