The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Tech & Science Google co-founder's Kitty Hawk unveils is electric autonomous flying taxi

15:17  13 march  2018
15:17  13 march  2018 Source:   techcrunch.com

Meet Nissan’s robo-taxi

  Meet Nissan’s robo-taxi Nissan is to give robo-vehicles a public try-out in Japan next month. The test will run on a set route between Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama and the nearby Yokohama World Porters shopping centre – a distance of some 4.5 kilometres (circa 2.7 miles) – and the service, dubbed ‘Easy Ride’, will provide an autonomous vehicle service to people wanting to get to a destination in that area.Not only will vehicles be tested but Nissan’s dedicated mobile app will also be put through its paces. Passengers will be able to input where they want to go via text or voice.

Kitty Hawk , the company led by the ‘godfather of self-driving cars’ Sebastian Thrun and backed by Google co - founder Larry Page, has revealed its Cora aircraft, which is a hybrid vertical take-off and landing design that can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane.

Two-person, 110mph electric craft made by Google co - founder ’ s drone company begins regulatory approval process in New Zealand.

Kitty Hawk, the company led by the 'godfather of self-driving cars' Sebastian Thrun and backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, has revealed its Cora aircraft, which is a hybrid vertical take-off and landing design that can take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane.

The vehicle can travel at over 93 miles per hour, and has a range of around 62 miles on a single charge. It's wingspan is around 36 feet, making it very small for a commercial aircraft, which is idea for its intended use in and around urban areas. It has room for two passengers on board, with side-by-side seating including one where you'd normally find the pilot.

Waymo's self-driving trucks to haul cargo for Google in Atlanta

  Waymo's self-driving trucks to haul cargo for Google in Atlanta Waymo, the autonomous vehicle arm of Alphabet Inc, said on Friday it would launch a self-driving trucks pilot in Atlanta to carry cargo for Google's data centers.The announcement comes two days after rival Uber Technologies said its self-driving trucks will haul cargo on Arizona highways.

A Silicon Valley “ flying car” startup reportedly backed by Google co - founder Larry Page released a video Monday of its Kitty Hawk prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a “personal flying machine” this year.

The company , known as Kitty Hawk and run by Sebastian Thrun, who helped start Google ’ s autonomous car unit as the director of Google X, has been testing a new kind of fully electric , self-piloting flying taxi .

In this aircraft's case, neither a pilot nor a pilot's license is even necessary for its operation, however. Kitty Hawk's intent is to have the aircraft certified for fully autonomous operation by launch, which it hopes will happen sometime around 2021 once it completes testing with New Zealand, its first partner on the government and regulatory side.

Kitty Hawk previously revealed its 'Flyer' aircraft, which was more like a hovercraft crossed with a jet ski, and which it intends to sell to individuals in the recreational vehicle market. That was always just a stepping stone towards the company's larger goal of building viable self-flying taxis, however.

With Cora, Kitty Hawk's real vision comes through – the startup aims to build, own and operate a fleet of these as an on-demand self-flying taxi service, beginning commercial operations in as few as three years' time. No word yet on price or how this will operate exactly in terms of pick-up and drop-off points, but it seems farther along than a lot of the other pie-in-the-sky autonomous aerial taxi projects out there, thanks to official government support.

You can finally send money to your contacts by asking Google Assistant .
Google is rolling out the ability to send peer-to-peer payments with Google Assistant. Starting today (only in the US), iPhone and Android users can say something like “Send Lauren $2,” and Assistant will take you through the steps to send the money via Google Pay. Your recipient will also need to set up Google Pay to receive the funds.In January of this year, Google finally ended the Google Wallet / Android Pay confusion by merging them into the Google Pay system. Although, the confusion still exists: for the next few months, there will still be a separate “Google Pay Send” app for peer-to-peer payments.

Source: http://uk.pressfrom.com/news/tech-science/-243100-google-co-founders-kitty-hawk-unveils-is-electric-autonomous-flying-taxi/

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!