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Are autonomous 'air taxis' the way of the future?

New Zealand is leading the charge to bring autonomous everyday air travel to the masses, with testing of a pilotless aircraft continuing in the skies above Tekapo.

The fully-electric, emissions-free vehicle, called Cora, takes off and lands vertically with the aid of a dozen fans. Once airborne, it flies "on the wing" like a plane. 

Cora is being developed by California-based Kitty Hawk Corporation and its New Zealand operator, Zephyr Airworks, which began testing the aircraft in Canterbury in 2017.

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