Not Content With Land, Uber Wants To Take Ride-Hailing To The Skies

Ride-hailing giant Uber is going skyward with its new ‘Uber Air’ flying taxi service set to start commercial operations in 2023.

The service will be operated by the Uber Elevate division and consist of a fleet of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft powered by electricity. These aircraft will operate between landing sites known as Skyports and could help make journeys significantly shorter than they otherwise would be.

Also Read: Uber Announces Plans For Flying Taxi Cars In Dallas And Dubai In 2020

Uber has yet to reveal a functional prototype of the electric aircraft it intends on using, but says it is working with various aviation companies to develop them. In addition, it is working with NASA to develop a management system for the service. Current plans call for human pilots to initially fly the aircraft, but the ultimate goal is to transition to autonomous aircraft.

Uber Air will initially launch in U.S. cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles, with the first non-U.S. location to be Melbourne, Australia. Uber says that a trip between Melbourne’s CBD and its main international airport through the flying taxi service could take as little as 10 minutes compared to the hour-long commute required through road traffic at peak hour.

“Uber’s technology is changing the way people move around their cities; from bikes to pooled rides, we are always looking for ways to reduce the need for private car ownership,” the head of Uber in Australia and North Asia, Susan Anderson said. “In the coming years, with Uber Air, we want to make it possible for people to push a button and get a flight.”


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  • Knotmyrealname

    I like how these new start ups are absolutely spanking the sloth-like establishment. The big players will still be thinking about this in 10 years.

    • Mark Seven-Ultranine

      Right. You’re going to get into a helicopter driven by an Uber pilot. And after that, you’re going to get into a helicopter driven by a computer. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Knotmyrealname

        Who do you think flies you from A to B on any given air-route? 99.999% of the time it’s not a human.
        Anyway… Uber will have to comply with the FAA or the respective countries aviation authorities first. Don’t worry, you won’t be getting into a helo driven by a Congolese refugee anytime soon.

  • Knotmyrealname

    You make a series of disparate comments that don’t seem to gel together as a response. Oh well.

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