Uber says its fleet of flying taxis is just around the corner

Uber says its fleet of flying taxis is just around the corner

Uber says its fleet of flying taxis is just around the corner

Building on this rotor partnership, Uber also announced a partnership with electric propulsion company Launchpoint Technologies on modeling, design and fabrication of novel electric motors built specifically for the stacked co-rotating rotors of the eVTOL concepts.

It's not a bird, nor a plane.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has shared his vision that customers will call an air taxi via the correspondent app.

The design prototypes are on display at the Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, where Khosrowshahi is meeting with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao this week.

"Our goal is to radically improve global mobility", said Uber Aviation product chief Nikhil Goel. It'll also fly at between 1,000 and 2,000 feet and can last up to 60 miles before the electric vehicle's battery needs to be recharged.

Elon Musk said flying cars are not the future. Flying cars give Uber an opportunity to plan optimistically for the future while its other foray into futuristic vehicles faces significant challenges.

Eventually, Uber says VTOL transportation will be affordable - perhaps even cheaper than owning a vehicle.

"We want to price it so low, it'll be irrational to drive your auto".

The flying taxis will have pilots at first but will become autonomous after the initial period, and will hold four riders per vehicle so a family or group can ride together or individuals can share the ride, and the cost, TechCrunch reported. Dallas and Los Angeles will reportedly be the first two cities Uber Air will operate in.

The concept includes "skyports" that would serve as hubs for the aerotaxis. NASA's UAM initiative will leverage ongoing agency research activities to include unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management at low altitude, UAS integration in the National Airspace System, all electric general aviation class aircraft development (X-57 Maxwell), vertical takeoff and landing, system wide safety, and several others.

Uber operations director Jeff Holen says the obstacles to the new transport mode are mostly around regulations of air space, adding, "The technology exists. we can solve this today".

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