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Google co-founder Larry Web page’s flying automotive start-up 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 vehicles and different experimental initiatives at Google, to create electrical vertical take-off and touchdown plane. The corporate unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun mentioned he envisioned a time the place individuals would have the ability to hail flying vehicles via an app like Lyft or Uber.
Kittyhawk showcased a flying automotive mannequin referred to as the Flyer in 2018 which may maintain one individual and fly as much as 20 miles. Thrun informed 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 accordance with reports.
A consultant from Boeing didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.