Larry Page’s flying car startup Kitty Hawk is shutting down

Against a clear, starry night sky, a red plane the size of a charter plane looms.
Heaviside was Kitty Hawk’s last eVTOL in development. | Image: Kitty Hawk

Kitty Hawk, the ambitious “flying car” startup funded by Google co-founder Larry Page, is nearing completion, which the company confirmed in a brief LinkedIn post earlier today.

According to a report by Initiatedcompany sources said Kitty Hawk had already halted work on the 100-mile capable Heaviside vehicle. Initiated also reports that Page had become increasingly indifferent to the company, but said he was more closely involved in its move to research and development after the Heaviside project ended.

Although Kitty Hawk is shutting down development of its own aircraft, at least one project will live on in its joint venture with Boeing: Wisk Aero. “Today’s news has no impact on Wisk. We remain in a strong financial and strategic position, with Boeing and Kitty Hawk as investors,” said Wisk spokesman Chris Brown. The edge. Earlier this year, Boeing invested an additional $450 million in Wisk Aero in its latest funding round.

Kitty Hawk came to prominence in 2017 when the company released a video of its “Flyer” personal transport vehicle, in front of another autonomous aircraft it developed called Cora, which became Wisk Aero.

The Flyer was among the first vehicles to appear in an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) boom that eventually included others like Toyota-backed Joby Aviation, Volocopter and Lilium, as well as name projects established like Bell Helicopter and Uber. And in 2018, The edge discovered that Larry Page owned another flying car company called Opener.

But when the startup couldn’t find a viable business path for the Flyer, it turned to Heaviside — and even now it’s toast.

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