Exclusive: Self-flying vehicle firms got $2m last year, as military envisions taxis as more Blade Runner than Back to the Future

Two start-ups leading the race to build the first self-flying taxis are using money from the US military.

Last year, Kitty Hawk and Joby Aviation received a total of nearly $2m from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a Pentagon organization founded to help America’s military make faster use of emerging technologies. Neither company, nor the DIUx, disclosed the funding at the time.

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