Uber To Detail Flying Car Concept This Week

Ride-hailing giant Uber is expected to announce details of its flying car project at its annual summit to be held in Dallas this week.

Information first emerged about Uber’s flying car plans in February and City A.M says the summit will allow the company to build awareness for its aerial technology.

The company’s flying car program, named Uber Elevate, is being spearheaded by Mark Moore, an advanced aircraft engineer that worked for NASA for 30 years. In 2010, he caught the attention of Google chief executive Larry Page after publishing a paper about the feasibility of electric aircraft.

As part of Uber’s plan, it wants to develop vertical take-off and landing aircraft that can transport users from their homes to ‘vertiports’. Unlike trains, buses and cars which must take fixed routes, Uber says its VTOL will be able to travel independently of a specific path and can fly from San Francisco’s marina to downtown San Jose in just 15 minutes compared to the 2 hours needed to drive the same distance.

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  • Auf Wiedersehen

    This is what we need….distracted flyers….. what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

    • Status

      At that stage, if flying cars were viable, they wouldn’t be manually operated.

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        I’m not sure I like that option any better.

        • marcos_marcotron

          It is better, as are self driving cars.

          But of course it’s hard to imagine anything can be 100% safe, there’s a hell of a lot to get right, the reliabiilty of not only the software but the parts themselves, and the self ‘air traffic control’ (because there’s no way air traffic control centres will be able to deal with loads of flying cars..and even if they don’t need to talk to autonomous cars or vector/direct them, they still need to keep normal low flying planes and helicopters out the way of them.

          • It’s crazy how people keep saying self driving cars are better, when there’s none on the road. Lots of prophets around here. How about we wait until there’s several thousands on the roads, then we’ll see how good they are.

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            I honestly don’t know why people are pushing for flying anything that is not flown by a trained pilot. I mean even a program that does it for us, in personal sized aircraft seems ludicrous. Why is this even needed? To free up traffic in select areas, to get from point A to point B faster? We are talking about FLYING. I’d say about every other day there is a news story about a small plane crashing and rarely are there survivors. If we get thousands of flying whatever’s in the air, automated or not, now we are talking a whole different scenario for traffic collisions. Now we are risking everyone and everything below. Cars, slide to the side of the road, flying whatever’s drop many thousands of feet to the ground. Shouldn’t we get the problems on the ground solved first before we go into colliding at altitude? Not to mention we now have privately owned drones. Do we really need to complicate this space any more? Personally, I don’t want a self driving or flying anything. I enjoy driving and flying only when I need to.

          • Auf Wiedersehen

            It all sound like a big fustercluck to me…and one that is not REMOTELY needed. We have many more pressing problems to solve. The US needs to get on board(no pun intended) with high speed rail.

  • gary4205

    Uber has enough problems already.