Uber is ready to take to the sky!
According to Wired, the ride sharing app is eager to launch UberAIR as a way for consumers to combat exhaustive traffic. The company went public with its “flying cars” idea a little over a year ago and, since then, they’ve become more dedicated to the idea.
So what is UberAIR and what does it entail?? In short, customers would be picked up on the roof of a tall building and would then step into a helicopter hybrid to be whisked away over the standstill of cars. Or, at least, that’s the dream.
However, this dream may come into fruition sooner than later as Uber has made deals to run some kind of “air” service in both Dallas and Dubai. Not to mention, the company also announced this week that they want to launch flying cars in Los Angeles by 2020. Oh, and they’d like a real commercial service to be up an running a handful years after the ’20 launch. Whoa.
On the revolutionary idea, Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden, noted in a statement:
“UberAIR will be performing far more flights over cities on a daily basis than has ever been done before… Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies.”
Of course, there are plenty of kinks to work out as the company didn’t specify how they’d prescreen customers, navigate the city’s already busy airspace, etc. Although, it’s said Uber is currently collaborating with NASA to develop a Unmanned Traffic System for Unmanned Aerial Systems.
So, it seems, air taxis may REALLY be coming to El Lay or a city near you sometime soon. Color us impressed!