Boeing is going to work with Kitty Hawk on flying cars and safety

Kitty Hawk and Boeing are teaming up on flying cars

Pairing a clever company like Kitty Hawk with a massive company like Boeing could make for a dream team.

Kitty Hawk says its Cora aircraft can cover 62 miles per charge(Credit: Kitty Hawk/Richard Lord)

Kitty Hawk, one of the flying car startups backed by Google founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page, announced that it’s partnering with Boeing to develop its semi-autonomous flying taxi. Specifically, Kitty Hawk will work with Boeing on its two-seater Cora flying vehicle, which it hopes to one day use for a semi-autonomous flying taxi service.

Kitty Hawk first showed off its Cora aircraft last year and now Boeing has come onboard(Credit: Kitty Hawk)

After a flurry of announcements last year that included the two-seater Cora, the single-seater Flyer, as well as a partnership with Air New Zealand, Kitty Hawk has been much quieter in recent months. Its aim is for Cora to one day provide a flying taxi service that can reportedly be summoned with an app. The plan is for the vehicle to not have a pilot on board; instead, it will be flown mainly by autopilot systems, with supervision from a human pilot situated remotely. It sounds like getting this system to work safely could be a key element of its partnership with Boeing since the company’s NeXt division is focused on ways for autonomous and piloted craft to share airspace safely.

Cora can hit speeds of 110 mph (180 km/h)(Credit: Kitty Hawk)

Kitty Hawk has some high-profile competitors in the nascent flying taxi space. Most notably, Uber plans to start test flights of its own Uber Air service in 2020, with a commercial launch planned for 2023. The ride-sharing company announced that it’s working with five aerospace companies to build craft for the service, including one company that was purchased by Boeing back in 2017. A separate startup, Lilium, completed a test flight of its own five-seater aircraft earlier this year.

Kitty Hawk first showed off its Cora aircraft last year(Credit: Kitty Hawk)

“Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility,” says Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt. “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.”

Source: Boeing

Kitty Hawk says its Cora aircraft can cover 62 miles per charge(Credit: Kitty Hawk)
Cora in the hangar(Credit: Kitty Hawk)
Cora is a two-seater short hop electric aircraft that uses 12 propellors mounted on its wings to take off vertically(Credit: Kitty Hawk)