In the future, flying passenger drones could replace conventional taxis. Image Credit: Kitty Hawk
The Google co-founder's flying car start-up Kitty Hawk has created a two-person passenger drone called Cora.
Capable of operating completely without human intervention, the new all-electric flying vehicle can travel at speeds of up to 93mph and does not require a runway to take off or land.
"Designing an air taxi for everyday life means bringing the airport to you," the company stated. " That's why Cora can take off and land like a helicopter, eliminating the need for runways."
"Cora has the potential to transform spaces like rooftops and parking lots into places to take off right from your neighbourhood."
It isn't clear exactly when the new vehicle will begin operating, however Kitty Hawk has announced that it will be initiating the regulatory approval process required to launch the service in New Zealand.
"New Zealand's Central Aviation Authority has the respect of the worldwide regulatory community," the company said in a press release. "A people who embrace the future. And a dynamic economy that could serve as a springboard for Cora."
Whether members of the public will trust an autonomous drone to fly them safely to their destination however remains to be seen.