Another new project by Uber was just unveiled, and this one has surprised many, as Uber declared that they wish to start a partnership with a plane manufacturing company that would help with development and testing of flying cars by 2020.
Uber said that the run trials and testing will be done in UAE’s Dubai, and US’s Dallas, and that these flying electric taxies will be created by companies called Bell Helicopter and Embraer. On top of that, Uber also claims that the flying electric taxi’s service will cost the same as a regular car ride.
This idea was first presented on last October, and back then, Uber said that these new flying cars will be able to take off and land like helicopters, with minimal noise and also with zero emissions.
Their goal now is to “enable customers in the future to push a button and get a high-speed flight in and around cities,” as they declared in their statement. Many are intrigued by this idea and have started to wonder if this is what the future will look like.
The idea itself is interesting, but if this project could, not only would it be faster, safer and more economical, it would cut down journeys dramatically.
Even though many believe that this is something that was, and always will be, simply a part of science fiction, Uber is determined to launch the Uber Elevate Network demonstration in just three short years, during the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. The company has stated that, if all goes as planned, they expect to have the first flying taxi service in the history of mankind by 2023.
Apart from this, Uber has already invested a lot of money, time, and effort into self-driving vehicles, and certain incidents on that field have already brought upon an intellectual property lawsuit. It’s believed that this is why the company decided to give sky-cars a try and work on making local air transport something that will be a privilege of everyone, every day.
Still, there are many problems and questions that will need to be answered before people start flying to work on regular basis. For example, both aviation authorities and passengers will need to be convinced that this technology is safe and reliable, and the first step or Uber is to do as much as they can during the next three years and make sure that they pass their 2020 tests. Then, and only then, can they start thinking of introducing this technology to the public.