Google co-founder Larry Page's flying-car company Kittyhawk will shut down

Asian Tech Press (Sep 22) -- Kittyhawk, the flying-car startup backed by billionaire Google co-founder Larry Page, will be shutting down.

"We have made the decision to wind down Kittyhawk. We're still working on the details of what's next," the air taxi company tweeted on Wednesday.

Kittyhaw was founded in 2010 under the name Zee.Aero, when Page hired Sebastian Thrun, who had worked on self-driving cars and other experimental projects at Google, to build electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts.

The company released a demo video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun said he envisioned a time when people could hail flying cars through an app like Lyft or Uber.

In 2018, Kittyhaw showed off the Flyer, a prototype flying car that had room for one person and could fly up to 20 miles. And Thrun said in an interview earlier that year that the Flyer would be in the air within five years.

The company announced a strategic partnership with aircraft manufacturer Boeing in 2019.

By 2020, however, Kittyhawk announced plans to shut down its Flyer program and shift its focus to the Heaviside eVTOL aircraft.

Boeing said Wednesday that Kittyhawk's shutdown will have no impact on Wisk, a joint venture the two companies formed in 2019.

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