Wisk partners with New Zealand Government in autonomous air taxi trial

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company Wisk has announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The New Zealand Government to establish a passenger transport trial with Wisk´s self-flying, all-electric air taxi, called Cora, the company said.

In October 2019, the New Zealand Government announced that it was establishing an industry-wide Airspace Integration Trial to work with leading, innovative domestic and international industry partners to safely test and demonstrate unmanned aircraft. Wisk, based in the United States and New Zealand, was announced as the first industry partner to join this program.

With the agreement now in place, the planning for a passenger transport trial is now underway. The passenger route is a world´s first and will commence after Cora´s certification by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

The Airspace Integration Trial programme is being centrally managed by New Zealand´s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment´s Innovative Partnerships team, working alongside the Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Transport and other key stakeholders to support industry partners to take their technology from testing to in-service operations.

Wisk is adedicated to delivering safe, everyday flight for everyone. Cora, its self-flying, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxi, will make it possible for passengers to skip traffic gridlock and get to their destination faster.