Ready for liftoff? Two flying taxi startups got Pentagon funding

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Exclusive: Self-flying vehicle firms got $2m last year, as military envisions taxis as more Blade Runner than Back to the Future


Kitty Hawk's experimental air taxi, Cora, 'is about the time you save soaring over traffic'. Photograph: Kitty Hawk

Two start-ups leading the race to build the first self-flying taxis are using money from the US military.

Last year, Kitty Hawk and Joby Aviation received a total of nearly $2m from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a Pentagon organization founded to help America's military make faster use of emerging technologies. Neither company, nor the DIUx, disclosed the funding at the time.

The website for Cora, Kitty Hawk's experimental air taxi, emphasizes its role in solving urban transportation challenges: "Cora is about the time you could save soaring over traffic. The people you could visit. The moments that move you."

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