Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down

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Google co-founder Larry Page’s flying car startup Kittyhawk is winding down, the corporate introduced Wednesday.

“We’re still working on the details of what’s next,” the corporate wrote in a LinkedIn submit.

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Kittyhawk was based as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had labored on self-driving vehicles and different experimental tasks at Google, to create electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown plane. The firm unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun stated he envisioned a time when folks would be capable to hail flying vehicles by way of an app like Lyft or Uber.

Kittyhawk showcased a flying car mannequin known as the Flyer in 2018 that would maintain one individual and fly as much as 20 miles. Thrun advised CNBC in an interview earlier that yr that the fashions might take to the skies inside 5 years. The firm introduced a strategic partnership with airplane producer Boeing the next yr.

However, by 2020, Kittyhawk introduced plans to close down its Flyer program and shifted focus to its electrical plane known as Heaviside, based on reviews.

Today’s announcement is not going to have an effect on the partnership with Boeing, a spokesperson advised CNBC.

“Kitty Hawk’s decision to cease operations does not change Boeing’s commitment to Wisk. We are proud to be a founding member of Wisk Aero and are excited to see the work they are doing to drive innovation and sustainability through the future of electric air travel. We do not expect Kitty Hawk’s announcement to affect Wisk’s operations or other activities in any way.”

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