The CEO says Uber Air passengers will be able to request a trip via its smartphone app, then head to designated rooftop takeoff and landing sites for the ride. The company said testing will begin in 2020, with Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles as the first test sites.
Uber has shared more details on a flying vehicle that could eventually transport you around cities.
According to a new report from CNBC, Uber has hired a roster of senior NASA and aerospace employees in the past year to deliver chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi's plans for swarms of robot-driven airborne vehicles that transport passengers across cities.
Such technology would be a first for existing flying craft, according to a joint statement from the U.S. Army and Uber.
Uber will be ready to start commercial service with urban air taxis by 2023, Mark Moore, Uber Elevate's engineering director, said at the Elevate Summit on Tuesday. Uber must stop self-driving auto service in SF until it gets permitThe flying taxis would use helicopter-style rotors for takeoff and landing, but use fixed wings over longer distances. At the back of the aircraft, a forward-facing propeller would provide power for horizontal flight.
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To make uberAIR a reality, Uber has entered into partnerships with several highly experienced aircraft manufacturers who are developing electric VTOL vehicles including: Aurora Flight Sciences (now a subsidiary of Boeing), Pipistrel Aircraft, Embraer and Bell.
"These concepts are neutral ground that Uber has put together, so we can share insights with all our partners."The aircraft will transport four passengers at a time.
Uber is partnering with United States Army researchers to develop new rotor technology for its proposed aviation rideshare network.
Goel said the all-electric flyer can achieve speeds over 300 kilometers (200 miles) an hour with a range of 100 kilometers (60 miles) on a battery charge.