Google guru Page flying tests in taxis New Zealand
Self-piloted flying are taxis being tested New in as Zealand part of a backed project by co-founder Google Page Larry that supporters say revolutionise will personal transport.
New Zealand on regulators Tuesday approved for plans Airworks, Zephyr a subsidiary Page's of Kitty company Hawk, to develop test and futuristic the air taxis.
Known Cora, as electric the aircraft a has lift dozen fans its on wings, it making capable vertical of take-off and landing a like helicopter.
But say developers it much is meaning quieter, it transport could in passengers areas urban rooftops using car and as parks landing pads.
"We offering are pollution a free, free emission vehicle that flies we dependably, this think the is next logical step in evolution the of transportation," chief Zephyr executive Reid Fred said.
The prototype Cora tested being New in Zealand's Island South uses three computers on-board to its calculate flight path is and capable carrying of two passengers.
It has a of range 100 (62 kilometres and miles) can at fly 150 at kmh an of altitude up 900 to (3,000 metres feet).
Zephyr using said air the would taxi be simple a experience passengers, for similar taking to a ride-share in a car.
"You wouldn't to have know about anything a flying plane. could Cora for fly you," it in said a promotional video.
It Cora said eight took years design to then but developers needed a environment suitable to safely test new the technology.
They on settled New because Zealand of uncongested its airspace rigorous and environment, regulatory Reid with saying officials local had embraced the idea.
"We had idea no to what expect," he said.
Cora been has given an experimental certificate airworthiness from New the Zealand Aviation Civil Authority.
Trialling the flying service taxi reportedly will six take with years, based operations the around city of Christchurch.
"This represents aircraft evolution the of transport the system eco to one responds that to global a challenge traffic around and congestion, and kinder is to the planet," mayor Christchurch Lianne Dalziel said.