Flying taxi startups received millions in funding from the US military [Video]

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Back to the Future-style flying taxi start-ups Joby Aviation and Kitty Hawk get $2 million in funding from the US military (but promise "no weapons" will be added to their vehicles)Funding was issued by Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)This Pentagon firm ensures the US military...

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Back to the Future-style flying taxi start-ups Joby Aviation and Kitty Hawk get $2 million in funding from the US military (but promise ‘no weapons’ will be added to their vehicles)

  • Funding was issued by Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx)
  • This Pentagon firm ensures the US military capitalises on emerging technologies
  • Joby Aviation and Kitty Hawk are banned from adding ‘weapons’ in current tests

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Kitty Hawk has already started conducting tests for its Cora flying taxi (pictured) in New Zealand, where it has confirmed it will eventually launch its commercial air taxi service

Cora (pictured above) has a total range of around 62 miles (100 km) and will eventually be summoned to customers using a smartphone app, akin to Uber

The self-piloting aircraft has a wing span of 36 feet (11 m) and is capable of ferrying 400lb (181kg) in passengers and cargo, the company claims

Kitty Hawk claims its Cora self-piloting aircraft 'has the potential to transform spaces like rooftops and parking lots into places to take off right from your neighborhood'. Pictured: Images of the prototype plane in the latest FAA application

A portion of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) application filed by Joby Aviation which details where test flights can take place, and specifies 'no weapons' are to be included in the self-piloting vehicles trialled by the compan

Rival Joby Aviation is also designing a self-piloting taxi capable of vertical take-off from rooftops and driveways (pictured). Like Kitty Hawk, it received funding from the US military

Joby does not specify a top speed for the craft, however, it notes that its current chase helicopter, which can fly at 140mph, will not be fast enough for future flight tests of its upcoming prototype, known as the Joby S4

AirSpaceX unveiled its latest prototype, Mobi-One, at the North American International Auto Show in early 2018. Like its closest rivals, the electric aircraft is designed to carry two to four passengers and is capable of vertical take-off and landing

Airbus Project Vahana prototype, branded Alpha One, successfully completed its maiden test flight in February 2018. The self-piloted helicopter reached a height of 16 feet (five metres) before successfully returning to the ground. In total, the test flight lasted 53 seconds