New Zealanders could soon travel on autonomous flying electric taxis, after the national airline, Air New Zealand, announced its cooperation with the California-based Flying Car Corporation, Zephyr Airworks, on Tuesday.
In a related context, the two companies revealed in a statement that the agreement with the operating company of "Kura", which is a plane that resembles something between an ordinary plane and a drone, indicates the intention to make electric air travel a reality for all New Zealanders.
Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand, said the airline wants to adopt new technologies that make life easier and use the potential of clean energy solutions for travel.
He added, "With the development of the electric self-driving Kura aerial taxi, the possibility of getting from one place to another quickly and safely, while mitigating the impact of polluting emissions, will become very real."
And one day, people around the world will be able to use flying taxis, as promised by Zephyr AerWorks CEO Fred Reed.
This flying car is currently being developed by Kitty Hawk, a company backed by Google's co-founder Larry Page and run by Sebastian Thorne, who previously led the development of Google's self-driving cars.
Kitty Hawk has conducted covert tests on its "flying cars" since October 2017 in Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, and presented them to the public in March.