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New Zealand unveiled an electric Self-flying air taxi

A firm funded by Google founder Larry Page has unveiled an electric, self-flying air taxi that can travel at up to 180 km/h (110mph).

It can do 100 km on a single charge, and it takes off and lands vertically.

It will eventually be available to customers as a service “similar to an airline or a rideshare” said parent company Kitty Hawk on the Cora website.

It operates using “self-flying software combined with human oversight”, it added.

The aircraft has been developed in New Zealand, where the government said it welcomed the project because of its environmental credentials.

“We’ve got ambitious goals here in New Zealand, we want to get to net zero emissions by 2050 and that includes mobility,” said Dr. Megan Woods, minister for research, science, and innovation, in a promotional video for the aircraft.

The firm said it is now working “constructively” with aviation regulatory authorities but declined to put a date on when Cora might start work.

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