Google's co-founder Larry Page has signed a contract with Air New Zealand to create a fleet of taxis based on the Cora flying car.
Kitty Hawk, the new company of Larry Page, co-founder of Google (and Alphabet CEO), is testing the Cora flying vehicle in New Zealand's skies since March. The stand-alone car is equipped with a 12-blade rotor, allowing it to lift flight and land vertically. Being fully electric, it can fly between 150 and 900 meters in height and carry two passengers at a speed of about 180 km / h for a range of 100 kilometers.
The initial idea to create a fleet of autonomous air taxis is about to take place, after Zephyr Airworks (the branch office in New Zealand) has concluded a contract with Air New Zealand for a long-term partnership for construction of what would be the first service in this segment. "Zephyr Airworks is leading the redefinition of personal mobility to make circulation easier," Air New Zealand said in a statement.
Companies see airspace as an opportunity to free people from traffic embarrassment and its social, economic and environmental impact. Connecting with an airline can make it easier to develop community rules and support, as well as government, regulatory agencies and business partners to "make sure that daily flights become a reality for people around the world" , we read in the final communication.