Uber is now struggling to get people to download its app and ride in its cars, but it's already trying to get customers hyped for it's crazy-sounding flying taxi service.
"The Elevate VTOL network will help improve urban mobility around the world and transform the way we travel". The San Francisco company said it's partnering with a handful of aircraft manufacturers and real estate firms, as well as with ChargePoint Inc.to lay an electric charging network.
For the trials of these cars, Uber has chosen the U.S. city of Dallas and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. "We are working to make "push a button, get a flight" a reality".
Uber initially unveiled Elevate, its vision for on-demand urban air transportation, in October. For instance, Hillwood Properties will develop four vertiports, "VTOL hubs with multiple takeoff and landing pads, and charging infrastructure", in Dallas starting, as Reuters explains.More news: Bill O'Reilly ousted from Fox News amid harassment allegations
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The first electric aircraft would be piloted but that eventually with fly-by-wire systems, the aircraft could be self-piloted, Holden said.
In the middle east, Uber has partnered with the government in Dubai and expects to offer passenger flights at the World Expo 2020 taking place in the city. Earlier this year, Uber had also revealed that it hired NASA aircraft engineer Mark Moore to work on Uber Elevate, its flying auto initiative.
As part of Uber's partnership with Dubai's Road and Transport Authority, the two entities will conduct a study on things like pricing and potential VTOL routes. Other companies that'll also join Elevate include Aurora Flight Sciences, Mooney, Embraer and Pipistrel Aircraft.
Uber plans to operate a network through which electric VTOL vehicles in numerous cities worldwide will provide transportation and delivery logistics services.