Being one of the founding fathers of Google Inc., Larry Page became an initiator of a large number of high-tech start-ups. Two years ago there occurred information in the newspapers that restless Larry had started developing two variants of flying cars. A year ago the startup called Kitty Hawk released the first prototype of the air taxi – the ultra-light Flyer. At first sight, it looks like a jet ski with wings.
The other day, the public was presented the second prototype being developed. The novelty called Cora was tested in New Zealand. The machine is equipped with 12 launchers and one sustainer engine with electricity traction. Cora is able to transport two passengers, the speed of a peculiar taxi is quite impressive – it goes up to180 km/h, while the flight altitude can reach 900 m. At present the flying machine is capable of travelling without recharging a distance not longer than one hundred kilometers. Three autonomous onboard computers are responsible for navigation; all propellers are also equipped with autonomous control systems. In case of simultaneous failure of absolutely all systems, Cora is provided with a parachute in order to safely land.
The head of the start-up recorded a video message in which he stated that the company’s aim was to offer the world an absolutely eco-friendly, fast and autonomous way of moving.
Vehicle fleets are target customers of Cora. It is planned that flying taxis can become a full-fledged part of the city’s transport infrastructure.
Kitty Hawk is not the only company involved in the development of urban air transport. Airbus, Porsche, Uber and other companies are developing in this field too. In particular, a month ago a prototype Vahana from the company Airbus was tested in the sky of the United States. This project is going to be introduced to the market in two years.
The material was prepared with the participation of Katya Gordon,
a leading analyst of the brokerage company CT Trade