Boeing has announced that it’s working with the flying taxi startup Kitty Hawk, to “collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility.” The announcement of the so-called strategic partnership is pretty light on details, but it’s an optimistic signal for people who’ve been waiting on futuristic, consumer-facing aviation technologies.
Kitty Hawk has developed the Cora, an autonomous and fully electric flying taxi that has reportedly performed well over the past year during tests in New Zealand. The Cora reportedly flies at speeds of roughly 110 miles per hour at altitudes anywhere from 500 to 3,000 feet. But it’s not ready for the paying public. At least not yet.
“Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility,” Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, said in a statement posted online. “We have a shared vision of how people, goods and ideas will be transported in the future, as well as the safety and regulatory ecosystem that will underpin that transportation.”