Kitty Hawk and Boeing Form Partnership to Make Flying Cars Safer
【Summary】As the world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing will help the startup scale and solidify its air-based transportation service. The global plane manufacturer may also use this opportunity to assess future expansion into the emerging sector.
Safety is of the utmost importance, when it comes to building flying cars. In order to bring the aircrafts to commercial markets and convince individuals to use them, companies in the nascent industry must prove the units can navigate open skies without crashing.
Kitty Hawk, a pioneer in the futuristic race to launch flying cars, understands such concerns and is implementing proactive ways to ensure safety during flight. Backed by Google's Larry Page, the startup announced a partnership with aerospace giant and Boeing. Fortunately, for Kitty Hawk, the business has decades of experience designing, testing and applying safety features to aircrafts.
The grainy details of the deal have not been revealed. As the world's largest aerospace company, Boeing will help the startup scale and solidify its air-based transportation service. The global plane manufacturer may also use this opportunity to assess future expansion into the emerging sector. At the moment, the technology associated with flying cars is under heavy development. The presence of Boeing could encourage outside investors, as well as large businesses (for partnerships), to support such foundational programs.
"Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility," said 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."
Kitty Hawk has been preparing to launch its flying cars through extensive trials. This phase in development is a great time for Boeing to collaborate with the startup, as it has already carried out several (successful) flight tests. To date, Kitty Hawk has completed more than 700 flights. Most of the trails are being conducted in New Zealand, where it is closely working with local airline company Air New Zealand.
Cora Flying Car and Safety
The efforts of the collaboration with Boeing will focus on the Cora flying car. Equipped with 12 independent lift fans, the unit is capable of seating two individuals per flight. The all-electric engine allows the aircraft to reach distances up to 62 miles, with a maximum traveling speed of 110 mph. During operation, the unit soars between 500 to 3,000 feet.
If the startup hits its goals in a timely manner, Cora should be available on a commercial level by 2021. Kitty Hawk has plans to equip the VTOL aircraft with autonomous piloting software – though the timeline for such features is currently unclear.
"Kitty Hawk was started to advance technology in flight and bring new innovations to life," explained Sebastian Thrun, Co-founder and CEO of Kitty Hawk.
"I am excited about our companies working together to accelerate making safe electric flight a reality."
As for the safety features of the aircraft, it utilizes computerized flight software with redundant capabilities. Should any of the three components that make up the system malfunction, the unit can still fly. For emergencies, it is equipped with a deployable parachute.
Michael Cheng is a legal editor and technical writer with publications for Blackberry ISHN Magazine Houzz and Payment Week. He specializes in technology business and digesting hard data. Outside of work Michael likes to train for marathons spend time with his daughter and explore new places.
Waymo Receives Permit to Participate in California’s Autonomous Vehicle Pilot
How Do Autonomous Cars Deal with Double-parked Vehicles?
Waymo to Bring Driverless Cars to France and Japan via Nissan-Renault Partnership
Porsche Forecasts EVs Going Mainstream
Zomato Tests Drones for Food Deliveries in India
Alibaba Brings Tmall Genie to Audi, Honda and Renault Vehicles
Driverless Sensor Startup Sense Photonics Raises $26 Million in Series A Funding
Startup Alaka'i Unveils Hydrogen-powered Flying Car
- Automaker Stellantis Announces its Bold EV Plans, Will Invest $35 Billion to Electrify its Global Vehicle Lineup
- Battery Maker Panasonic Sells its Entire Stake in Tesla for $3.6 Billion
- Lidar Startup Sense Photonics Announces Development Program With a Major Detroit-based OEM
- New Bill Could Bring Tax Credit For Used Electric Cars
- StradVision Opens Office in Shanghai to Tap into China’s Growing Autonomous Vehicle Market with its Advanced AI-Powered Perception System
- Volvo Cars to Take a Bigger Stake in Electric-Performance Brand Polestar
- Volkswagen ID Life Concept is a Peek at an Affordable City Electric Car
- Tesla Model 3 Tops Chart as Most American-Made Car
- Uber Freight Aims to Build the World’s Most Comprehensive Logistics Network with its $2.25 Billion Acquisition of Transplace
- The NHTSA to Require Crash Reports From Manufacturers of Vehicles Equipped with Level-2 & Higher Automated Driving Features