Uber closer to launching flying vehicle service

Uber Unveils Models Of Its Flying Taxis For “Regular People”

The US space agency NASA and ride-hailing platform Uber have signed an agreement to explore the technologies and challenges related to urban air mobility (UAM).

Riders will catch their uberAIR flights on Skyports, the stations located on top of the buildings and an eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) vehicle is the technical name for the flying craft design being used on uberAIR. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti spoke on Tuesday morning via a recorded video.

Under this agreement, Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network.

Uber earlier claimed that the first working model of an autonomous passenger carrying aircraft would be presented in Dubai as early as 2020 during Dubai's World Expo.

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Goel said the all-electric flyer can achieve speeds over 300km (200 miles) an hour with a range of 100km (60 miles) on a battery charge.

Uber's new design is an update on both the first concept it developed with NASA in November 2017, and the more recent cabin design showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2018.

It's understandable that Uber would want to focus on something new and innovative, like an air taxi, as they try and put all the drama of their Kalanick years behind them.

A render of Uber's flying taxi concept.

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It all looks good, but I am not so confident I will think that when I am 2,000 feet above Rome's traffic.

Private companies were not the only ones ruling the circuit as Uber will team up with U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Army Research Lab.

But wash away those thoughts of a Jetsons-like flying vehicle, as Uber's showcased flying taxi prototype is more akin to the fruits of a rough and tumble liaison between a helicopter and a drone. Uber plans to start flight demonstrations in Los Angeles by 2020, and launch commercial flights by 2023.

Uber's Elevate program is creating urban aerial ridesharing, globally.

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According to the announcement, Uber will not build the vehicles and instead, opt to partner with existing players in the industry to manufacture "vertical take-off and landing" (VTOL) air crafts for the uberAIR network.

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