In New Zealand tested a flying taxi

New Zealand startup Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google co-founder and head of Alphabet Larry Page, started testing its autonomous flying taxi of Cora, according to local newspaper New Zealand New Zealand Herald. The vehicle can be raised and land vertically like a helicopter and fly as airplane. Development of the project lasted for eight years. Release the device on the market is planned for 6 years.

In New Zealand tested a flying taxi

"These tests allow us to consider future possibilities for transport, which can have far-reaching benefits for the daily commute and can even support our growing tourism market", - said the head of administration of the city of Christchurch, which are being tested, Joanne Norris.

The company posted a video of the future of flight taxi.

In New Zealand tested a flying taxi

"We offer non-polluting vehicle that flies autonomously", - said the head of the start of the test unit Kitty Hawk in New Zealand Fred Reid in a video on the company's website.

According to the newspaper New Zealand Herald, taxis running on the electric motor and thus safe for the environment. The apparatus is capable of carrying two passengers at up to 150-180 kilometers per hour and at an altitude of 150 meters to 900 meters. The range of movement without recharging is 100 kilometers. Vertical take-off provided by the starter motor 12, and moving in the air - through one boosters.

In New Zealand tested a flying taxi

Flying tool is equipped by three onboard computers, navigation failures involved. Even if one of them fails, the rest will take its responsibility for themselves. At the most extreme case in Cora provided a parachute that will allow the land even at idle screws.

It is expected that Cora will be part of the transport system and will be sold to companies and fleets, not individuals.