Kittyhawk was yet another promising project. This time, Larry Page, Google co-founder, moved enough funds to elaborate on the same premises as its competitors: a light, autonomous, affordable, omnipresent and environmentally-friendly air taxi.
The team kept the project a secret until 2017, when it revealed Flyer. Unfortunately, this breakthrough wasn’t to be, and in June 2020, the whole program was shut down. Page, however, kept his positions open on companies such as Wisk, which has recently announced its autonomous Air Taxi.
As expected, these are the early days of autonomous eVTOLs, and the rise and fall of such startups is expected until we reach production-level capabilities. In a sense, not all is lost since the know-how and technological implementations advance in time.
These are mere examples in a broader landscape where all aircraft manufacturers and mobility companies are developing their own air taxis. From Airbus to Boeing, Embraer and several others, you can literally find hundreds of projects in all stages of development. Who will win this race? We’re yet to see!