Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern confirmed the news to the Times, saying the project is "about sending the message to the world that our doors are open for people with great ideas who want to turn them into reality".
Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.
According toKitty Hawk, the Cora has a range of about 60 miles (100 kilometers) on one charge, can travel up to 110 mph (180 km/h), and has an operational altitude between 500 and 3,000 feet (150 to 910 meters).
Both parties are hopeful that this will lead to a network of flying taxis in New Zealand within the next three years. Trials for the new mode of transportation will take six years, and be based around the city of Christchurch.
"Cora has the potential to transform spaces like rooftops and parking lots into places to take off right from your neighborhood", saidKitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun (who previously ran Google's self-driving auto project), said the first thing officials asked was how they could make the regulatory process faster for Kitty Hawk. The plane's launch and test run were showcased in a YouTube video published by Kitty Hawk.
A number of rival companies have been laying the groundwork for air taxis. That means that the rules it develops may become a template for other nations, including the United States. Airbus has also made an investment two weeks ago in Blade, which is an aviation start-up in NY. And of course Uber has an entire division called Uber Elevate.
Zephyr CEO Fred Reid said New Zealand is devoted to clean energy.
Kitty Hawk has been testing its Cora flying taxi since October 2017 in New Zealand.
But developers say it is much quieter, meaning it could transport passengers in urban areas using rooftops and vehicle parks as landing pads.
It has been clear for several years that improvements in batteries, electric motors, and software would make it possible to build a vehicle like this. Bonus points: The Kitty Hawk taxis will be autonomous.
Warren and the National Congress of American Indians consider it a racial slur when used as shorthand for Native Americans. Warren reiterated she has no aspirations for the White House in 2020, repeating what she told NBC on " Meet the Press ".
We'll get our next look at how Serena's progressing in her next tournament, 2018's WTA Miami which begins on March 19. The 20-time Grand Slam champion said the sisters' story has been fascinating for him to follow from the very start.
Duke: The Blue Devils had six turnovers on their first 14 possessions and just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Jayhawks will face No. 18 West Virginia (24-9), a 66-63 victor over No. 14 Texas Tech in Friday's other semifinal.
Yes". "He plays like he has already played five or six years in the Premier League - but he is still young". Rashford pulled out the "Ronaldo Chop" too - but needed one less touch to find the back of the net.
For the ruling JD (U)-BJP combine, it will be a test of the NDA's unity, CM's popularity and their governance policies. The Araria constituency witnessed 56% on Sunday, while in Jehanabad and Bhabua it was 50% and 54% respectively.
Stahl mentioned MI schools' poor performance , something a University of MI study appeared to confirm previous year . The DeVos interview has already sent a message that schools can be less mindful of stark disciplinary disparities.
Manchester City broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes at the bet365 Stadium thanks to Silva's neat side-footed finish. Only Jonas Lössl (50) has conceded more Premier League goals among goalkeepers than Jack Butland (49) this season.
And Southampton have now chose to act with the team sitting 17th, just one point above the drop zone with eight games to go. It's safe to say that the Mauricio Pellegrino experiment at Southampton FC didn't work out too well.
Aso has been Abe's deputy since he took office in December 2012, and is seen as a key backer of the Abenomics program. A reference to Nippon Kaigi, a prominent right-wing group of which Abe is a member, was also deleted.
This news will come as a surprise to many, but the Honor 7C might be aimed at the Indian market especially to compete with Xiaomi. Huwaei's sub-brand Honor on Monday announced the official roll-out of "Face Unlock" update for its smartphone Honor 7X.
Why I want to become Nigeria's President - Akinlami
Tillerson says Chad has taken important, positive steps to strengthen control over its passports and improve information-sharing. Tillerson said Nigeria was a very important country to the U.S, adding: "You have our support in your challenges".
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That same sentiment drives A Wrinkle in Time , director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel. Disney's " A Wrinkle in Time " opens in theatres on March 9 in the US, March 22 in Australia and March 23 in the UK.
England will be gunning for Grand Slam revenge - Sexton
Should Joe Schmidt's side win, they will complete only their second Grand Slam in the Six Nations era and third overall. Against Wales, our ball-carriers were able to get over the gain line repeatedly and our attack looked very risky .
Lenovo S5 smartphone will compete with Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Now, the Xiaomi has officially posted several images shot on Redmi Note 5 on their Weibo page , which look stunning at a glance. Launched in November past year , the smartphone boasts of an "8-day battery life" and comes with a dedicated microSD card slot.
Ramos Leaves Match To Go To The Toilet
Eibar continued to threaten though and was nearly in following an under-hit backpass but Navas was out quickly to deny Kike. Real were ragged early on as Takashi Inui, Kike Garcia and Joan Jordan all went close to giving Eibar the lead.
Attacks in Kabul and northern Afghanistan kill more than 20
The bomber moved as close to the gathering as he could and detonated his explosives at the checkpoint outside, the spokesman said. The Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death of the son of leader Mullah Fazlullah in a suspected USA drone strike on March 6.