Uber says it’s first demo of a flying car is less than three years away.
The company has been working on the flying taxi concept for well over a year, but just recently started to reveal more information about it’s revolutionary project.
Watch Uber’s video:
“The reality of urban air transportation is closer than you think.
In fact, Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) a reality and bringing uberAIR to Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020.
Watch this video to see what an end-to-end flight in an uberAIR VTOL will look like.
We’re excited to partner with some of the world’s top manufacturers, real estate developers, agencies, and cities to make this vision a reality.”
It’s called “Uber Elevate”. First, a regular Uber will be sent to pick you up from your location. Then, you will be shuttled to a “skyport” where a flying car will be waiting to pick you up.
These flying cars will use something called “VTOL technology”, in a few words, they’ll be taking off and landing, just like a helicopter. VTOL means: Vertical Take-off Landing.
Uber and NASA have signed an agreement, they are about to create a special air traffic control system, that the flying cars can use to operate.
The Company has already paired with a few manufactures to make the flying cars.
“San Jose to San Francisco in 15 minutes”
A normal flying trip from San Jose to San Francisco would only take 15 minutes, instead of 90, and just like a regular Uber trip, it would cost passengers $1.32 per mile.
The company plans to test the future of transportation in Dallas, Los Angeles and Dubai by the year 2020.
It seems like it won’t be long time before Uber’s flying taxis become “mainstream”.