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

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Google co-founder Larry Web page’s flying automotive startup Kittyhawk is winding down, the corporate introduced Wednesday.

“We’re nonetheless engaged on the main points of what is subsequent,” the corporate wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Kittyhawk was based as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Web page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had labored on self-driving automobiles and different experimental initiatives at Google, to create electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown plane. The corporate unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun stated he envisioned a time when folks would have the ability to hail flying automobiles by means of an app like Lyft or Uber.

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

Nonetheless, by 2020, Kittyhawk introduced plans to close down its Flyer program and shifted focus to its electrical plane referred to as Heaviside, in line with reports.

At present’s announcement won’t have an effect on the partnership with Boeing, a spokesperson advised CNBC.

“Kitty Hawk’s choice to stop operations doesn’t change Boeing’s dedication to Wisk. We’re proud to be a founding member of Wisk Aero and are excited to see the work they’re doing to drive innovation and sustainability by means of the way forward for electrical air journey. We don’t count on Kitty Hawk’s announcement to have an effect on Wisk’s operations or different actions in any method.”


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