New Zealand self-driving air taxi trials to begin soon

Cora Electric Aircraft Developed by Wisk.
The New Zealand Government and urban air mobility company Wisk have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that includes testing for self-driving air taxis. The Cora electric aircraft, created by Wisk, will be busy transporting passengers to Canterbury.

Allegedly, this is the first test of its kind in the world. Flights will begin following certification by Cora New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

Cora is a two-seater aircraft designed for flights at an altitude of about 500 m at a speed of up to 160 km / h. The approach radius without recharging is approximately 40 km.

In October 2019, the New Zealand government launched the Airspace Integration Trial initiative, which involves leading industry representatives to demonstrate the capabilities and test unmanned aerial vehicles. Wisk, based in the US and New Zealand, was the first industry partner to join this program.

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