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The Cora, which is emissions free, takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter.

The company, financed by Google co-founder Larry Page, intends to seek official certification for the Cora, an autonomous flying taxi, with the intent of deploying a fleet of flying taxis in as little as three years.

Kitty Hawk's new Cora video claims the aircraft is "self-piloting" so, again, there's no need for a pilot's license.

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Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said having the project was significant for the city. Being electric, the air taxi is also "remarkably quiet", according to Eric Allison, Kitty Hawk's vice president of engineering. It's wingspan is around 36 feet, making it very small for a commercial aircraft, which is the idea for its intended use in and around urban areas.

Now, according to The New York Times, Kitty Hawk will on Tuesday announce it has reached an agreement with the government of New Zealand to test its aircraft in order to get officially certified for flying in the country.

The project enjoys the support of some of the brightest minds in the aviation and transport technology industries, including former staff from the likes of Google, NASA, Boeing and Honeywell.

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She said Canterbury was the right location due to its physical environment.

"Let's not forget this part of the world is where Richard Pearse first pioneered flying, something we honour with a sculpture within our airport terminal, so it's great to see this bold thinking being revealed here too", he says.

Today also marked the launch of the Innovative Partnership programme which aims to attract future-focused worldwide innovators and firms to undertake Research and development (R&D) and develop their products in New Zealand.

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Kitty Hawk was founded by Sebastian Thrun, Google's former director of Google X, its advanced research division which also oversaw Google's autonomous vehicle developments. The company suggested a long-term plan to bring a commercial air-taxi service to New Zealand. "Our future is still being imagined and we are determined to play an active role in shaping it for the better through new ideas, new innovations, and new ways of looking at the world".