New Zealand company trials autonomous drone taxi

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Ever since Wilbur and Orville Wright made history on December 17th, 1903, with the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane, people have dreamed of flying taxis. From the Jetsons cartoon to affordable air taxis and on-demand air travel, many have tried to make that dream a reality. Now personal aviation company Kitty Hawk, backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has announced that its autonomous passenger-drone is ready to begin the regulatory approval process in New Zealand. The company’s two-person craft is called the Cora, and is a 12-rotor plane-drone hybrid. The craft can take off vertically like a…

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