Wisk’s Electric Air Taxis Will Fly Themselves, Says CEO - Joint Venture Between Boeing And Kitty Hawk
Wisk Aero plans to bypass pilots...
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January 22, 2020 - by Elan Head for evtol.com
Wisk Aero plans to bypass pilots with its two-seat electric air taxi, Cora, pursuing autonomous operations from launch.
"We're going direct to autonomy," Wisk CEO Gary Gysin confirmed in a recent interview with eVTOL.com. "At this point, we're not announcing or talking about any piloted versions."
The decision to develop the passenger-carrying Cora as a fully autonomous aircraft — generally expected to be more difficult to certify than piloted models — is a bold bet by Wisk, the joint venture between Boeing and Kitty Hawk Corporation created on July 1, 2019, and announced five months later.
Other eVTOL developers, such as Joby Aviation, are preparing to launch with piloted aircraft, even if they expect to transition to autonomous operations over time.
But if Wisk is taking a gamble that regulators will approve autonomous air taxis in a timely fashion, the company is also doing what it can to stack the odds in its favor.
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