Google co-founder Larry Page has been personally funding flying car projects

Mountain View technology startups Zee.Aero and Kitty Hawk are in the business of creating flying cars, and both are backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, according to a new report.

Zee.Aero was founded in 2010, and competitor Kitty Hawk set up in 2015. While neither are part of Alphabet Inc’s Google-related family, both have been personally bankrolled by Google co-founder Larry Page — Zee.Aero to the tune of US $100 million.

Kitty Hawk staff originate from not only Zee.Aero itself but also NASA, Boeing, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and the 2013 Sikorsky Prize-winning Aerovelo team. According to a Bloomberg report, company president Sebastian Thrum has been heavily involved in Google’s autonomous driving program and research arm..

Also behind Zee.Aero is Stanford aeronautics and astronautics professor Ilan Kroo, it’s said; the company even launched some playful proof-of-concept gliders at the 2013 Red Bull Flugtag in Long Beach, California.

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