Google Co-Founder’s Flying Car Startup Is Coming to an End

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Google co-founder Larry Page’s flying car startup Kittyhawk is shutting down, the company announced Wednesday.

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“We are still working out the details of the sequel,” the company wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had worked on self-driving cars and other experimental projects at Google, to create electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. The company released a flying car demo video in 2017, and Thrun said he envisions a time when people can hail flying cars through an app like Lyft or Uber.

Kittyhawk introduced a flying car model called the Flyer in 2018 that could hold one person and fly up to 20 miles. Thrun told CNBC in an interview earlier that year that the models could take off within five years. The company announced a strategic partnership with aircraft manufacturer Boeing the following year.

However, by 2020, Kittyhawk has announced plans to end its Flyer program and focus on its electric aircraft called Heaviside, according to Reports.

A Boeing representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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