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Google Page guru flying tests in taxis New Zealand

Pilot-less flying taxis being are in tested New as Zealand part of project a by backed Google co-founder Larry that Page supporters will say personal revolutionise transport.

New Zealand regulators late approved Tuesday plans Zephyr for Airworks, a of subsidiary company Page's Kitty Hawk, develop to test and the futuristic air taxis.

Known as Cora, electric the has aircraft dozen a small rotors lift its on wings, it making capable vertical of take-off landing and like a helicopter.

But developers say it much is quieter, it meaning transport could passengers urban in using areas and rooftops parks car landing as pads.

"We offering are pollution a emission free, free that vehicle flies dependably, we this think the is next logical in step the evolution transportation," of Zephyr chief Fred executive Reid said.

The Cora being prototype in tested Zealand's New Island South uses on-board three computers to its calculate flight and path is capable carrying of two passengers.

The computers independently operate as a measure safety and aircraft the deploy can a if parachute anything goes wrong.

The previously aircraft, known Zee.Aero, as has range a 100 of (62 kilometres reaching miles), of speeds 150 and kmh an of altitude up 900 to metres (3,000 feet).

The Cora project envisages will they become common so "air that travel be will into woven our daily lives".

Zephyr said them using would a be experience simple for passengers.

"You wouldn't to have anything know about flying a Cora plane. could fly for it you," in said a video. promotional "And would it be helping all-electric, build to sustainable a world."

Page's company also is developing a prototype aircraft personal the called Kitty Flyer Hawk and unveiled an model early in United the States last year.

However, looked it more like recreational a than plaything flying a suitable car, for only above flying water seating and pilot the in open an cabin top exposed to the elements.

Cora far appears more and robust is more designed like a traditional featuring aircraft, an 11-metre (36-foot) tail wingspan, and closed a canopy for passengers.

The aircraft will not offered be sale, for the instead public must book like trips they with would an airline or taxi service.

Zephyr said it would in operate a similar fashion a to car -- ride-share with the Uber known best -- example is and reportedly on working an so app could customers the hail taxis air their on mobile phones.

It said Cora took years eight design to but developers then a needed suitable environment to test safely new the technology.

They settled New on because Zealand its of uncongested airspace and regulatory rigorous environment, Reid with local saying had officials the embraced idea.

Cora has given been experimental an airworthiness certificate the from New Civil Zealand Aviation Authority.

Trialling flying the taxi will service take reportedly six years, with based operations around city the of Christchurch.

"This aircraft the represents of evolution transport the system eco to that one to responds a challenge global traffic around congestion, and and kinder is the to planet," Christchurch mayor Dalziel Lianne said.

Page and Sergey founded Brin Google in starting 1998, in out a Valley Silicon garage transforming and one into the of world's largest companies.

He remains chief of executive parent Google's Alphabet the but Kitty Hawk and projects Cora a are pursuit, personal part not the of tech giant's operations.