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Startup Wants to Deploy a Fleet of Flying Taxis in New Zealand

13 March 2018
The Cora flying taxi would take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane. Source: Kitty Hawk

Add another startup to the group of companies vying to become a player in the next generation of transportation.

Recently, we have seen a variety of companies testing or showcasing their innovations in flying vehicles: from EHANG’s test flight in China, to preorders already available for the AeroMobil, to PAL-V demonstrating the first production model at the recent Geneva Motor Show and much more. This doesn’t even include the established companies that are working on their own flying air taxis, including Uber and rumors of Porsche wanting to build their own vehicles.

Now, New Zealand-based Kitty Hawk has unveiled its Cora air taxi that will be able to take off like a helicopter and then transition to flying like a plane.

Kitty Hawk says it has been engineering the air taxi for the past eight years with the goal being a transportation vehicle that could take off from a rooftop and hop across a city, which would change the parking lots into airpads positioned across different cities.

The Cora flying taxi is all-electric, can seat two passengers and can travel up to about 62 miles.

Kitty Hawk says it chose to establish the company in New Zealand because the people there embrace change and have a dynamic economy that could serve as a springboard for Cora. New Zealand wants the country to become net carbon zero by the year 2050 and already 80 percent of the country is powered by renewable energy.

“In New Zealand, we know we can’t keep using the same old approaches to meet our future challenges,” says Peter Crabtree of New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). “We saw Cora’s potential as a sustainable, efficient and transformative technology that can enrich people’s lives, not only in New Zealand, but ultimately the whole world.”

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