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"You wouldn't have to know anything about flying a plane".

Due to its relative isolation from other nations and long stretches of uninhabited land, New Zealand is the flawless testing ground for Kitty Hawk to prove its tech works without getting in the way of commercial planes or endangering people on the ground.

Kitty Hawk's operations in New Zealand, however, are being led by Zephyr Networks, whose chief executive is Fred Reid, founding CEO of Virgin America.

The aircraft, known as Cora, has a wingspan of 12 feet with a dozen rotors all powered by batteries.

Uber is another company that hopes to one day have its own autonomous flying taxi service.

In an email, Ardern said the decision to work with Kitty Hawk was "about sending the message to the world that our doors are open for people with great ideas who want to turn them into reality".

The company, Kitty Hawk, released a video and statement debuting the vehicle, called Cora, today (March 13).

Google co-founder Larry Page and now the chief executive of Google's parent Alphabet is financing a company, Kitty Hawk, run by Sebastian Thrun, who helped start Google's autonomous auto unit as the director of GoogleX.

Cora is also self-piloting, can fly faster than 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour) and has a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), according to the company.

"I have had the privilege of seeing the self-piloted air taxi and I am very excited about what it offers for future generations - to live and move in a way that has never been possible before".

Kitty Hawk says they're not sure when Cora will be available to escort you to the nearest shindig.

Countries in the Middle East and Africa have been more willing to allow unmanned flights.

The Cora, which is emissions free, takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter. The rather diminutive craft has room for just a couple of people on board and has been seen in the skies over New Zealand doing tests in recent months. Considering it took eight years to reach this stage, and that it's in competition with several other air taxi manufacturers like Uber Elevate, Airbus, Ehang and others, it's not likely that information will be made public anytime soon.

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