Kitty Hawk, the company led by the “godfather of self-driving cars” Sebastian Thrun and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has revealed its Cora aircraft, which is a hybrid vertical takeoff and landing design that can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane.
The vehicle can travel at over 93 miles per hour, and has a range of around 62 miles on a single charge. It’s wingspan is around 36 feet, making it very small for a commercial aircraft, which is the idea for its intended use in and around urban areas. It has room for two passengers, with side-by-side seating including one where you’d normally find a pilot.
completes testing with New Zealand, its first partner on the government and regulatory side.” data-reactid=”20″>In this aircraft’s case, neither a pilot nor a pilot’s license is even necessary for its operation, however. Kitty Hawk’s intent is to have the aircraft certified for fully autonomous operation by launch, which it hopes will happen sometime around 2021 once it completes testing with New Zealand, its first partner on the government and regulatory side.
Kitty Hawk previously revealed its Flyer aircraft, which was more like a hovercraft crossed with a jet ski, and which it intends to sell to individuals in the recreational vehicle market. That was always just a stepping stone towards the company’s larger goal of building viable self-flying taxis, however.
Watch Google co-founder’s Kitty Hawk Cora electric aircraft in flight originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:35:00 EDT.” data-reactid=”25″>Watch Google co-founder’s Kitty Hawk Cora electric aircraft in flight originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:35:00 EDT.