Uber plans to take ride-sharing off the ground

Uber plans to take ride-sharing off the ground

Recently it has revealed that they will start testing such flying cars with coming years.

In a statement, Uber added the goal was to "enable customers in the future to push a button and get a high-speed flight in and around cities".

"Dallas and Dubai are racing to the future and we can't wait to see how on-demand flight accelerates these great cities".

There's a small catch, however, to Uber's ultimate goal of creating a flying auto taxi network. Aviation companies Such as Embraer and Bell Helicopter re being involved in developing the flying electric taxis.

By utilising repurposed rooftops, existing helipads and unused land surrounding highway interchanges the proposed Uber Elevate Network is meant to provide affordable, on-demand urban transportation and delivery logistics services.

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"Imagine traveling from San Francisco's Marina to work in downtown San Jose - a drive that would normally occupy the better part of two hours-in only 15 minutes", the company said. It has also joined hands with U.S. electric vehicle charging station maker ChargePoint to develop charging stations for its planned fleet of on-demand flying electric cars.

It's hoped Moore can provide the knowledge necessary to make Uber's dream a reality and transport the automated cars it's researching from the road up into the skies.

The controversial ride-hailing app says it plans to create vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) crafts that can be summoned at the push of a button in the same manner as their current vehicle service.

The firm's clash with Apple pertaining fingerprinting smartphones which had deleted the Uber app put the brakes on possible self-driving vehicle ventures to flying cars. The startups Kitty Hawk and Zee.Aero, which are separate from Alphabet, are racing to build personal aircrafts similar to those Uber has proposed. Holden noted the cost would fall below variable costs of long-term vehicle ownership.

Last October, Uber released its vision for how flying cars, technically known as vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (VTOL), could make transportation incredibly fast and cheap, however, the technology is also largely unproven and many obstacles remain to making flying cars safe, affordable and reliable.

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