Larry Page backed Kittyhawk Aero recently announced a sister brand, Cora, that intends on producing an “everyday air taxi”. Cora is currently working with the New Zealand government on manufacturing the vehicle and flight tests have already taken place. The timeline for entry to service is “somewhere around five years” said Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun – but that could time frame could be shortened to three years pending the progression of the certification process with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. The fully autonomous Cora utilizes a combination of vertical and horizontally – oriented propulsors to allow Cora to liftoff vertically and then slowly transition to flight speeds using only its pusher propellor.
Watch Cora’s introduction here: