Boeing has announced that it’s working with the flying taxi startup Kitty Hawk, to “collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility. ” The announcement of the so-called strategic partnership is pretty light on details, but it’s an optimistic sign for futuristic consumer-facing aviation technologies.
But it’s not ready for the paying public. At least not yet. “Working with a company like Kitty Hawk brings us closer to our goal of safely advancing the future of mobility,” Steve Nordlund, vice president and general manager of Boeing NeXt, said in a statement posted online. “We have a shared vision of how people, goods and ideas will be transported in the future, as well as the safety and regulatory ecosystem that will underpin that transportation.
In short, he’s a guy that you don’t want to bet against. “Kitty Hawk was started to advance technology in flight and bring new innovations to life,” said Thrun. “I am excited about our companies working together to accelerate making safe electric flight a reality.