Uber Wants A Flying Car Test In 2020

Elizabeth Williams
April 28, 2017

In Ghana, the technology was introduced in Accra in 2016 and already the successes of the Uber commercial transport services, has angered some taxi drivers who think that Uber was taking away their business.

It has been some time since Uber revealed its VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft plans. They will work together to make the flying cars happen by year 2020.

These partners include Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel Aircraft, Embraer, Mooney, Bell Helicopter and ChargePoint.

The company has also partnered with U.S. electric vehicle charging station maker ChargePoint Inc.

"The goal of these partnerships is to develop a new on-demand VTOL network to enable customers in the future to push a button and get a high-speed flight in and around cities", Uber said in a statement.

The company had revealed it would pursue urban air travel previous year, but used the three-day Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday to provide further details on its so-called UberAIR service.

Presumably we'll still need the cars for smaller journeys and areas without landing options - but whether the flying cabs and cars will be automated by then isn't so obvious. Uber says that the travel time from San Francisco's Marina to downtown San Jose will be cut to about 15 minutes, down from roughly the two hours it takes to get there by driving.

But the design is less futuristic and ambitious than Uber's flying auto, instead resembling a hybrid of a drone and jet ski that can only be flown in uncongested areas and over fresh water, according to its website.

Indeed, the company expects that by 2023 it will have installed a fleet of taxis, which will take customers over the cities.

A Dutch company, PAL-V has begun accepting pre-orders for five years after demonstrating its first successful flight, for what may be the first flying vehicle to enter the commercial market.

In effect Uber will be using the much more exciting, Jetsons sense of the term: a future that lifts you over the brutality of traffic jams and congested roads. We have long known that the project was in the works, but now, Reuters reports that Uber has finally picked the first cities that will benefit from the service.

The World Expo 2020 in Dubai is planned as a venue where the revolutionary taxis will be used for passenger flights as a demonstration of their capabilities.

Other reports by VgToday

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