Uber aims to launch flying automobiles by 2020, Dallas and Dubai await trial runs
Category: #world  By Sunil Hebbalkar  Date: 2017-04-28
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Uber aims to launch flying automobiles by 2020, Dallas and Dubai await trial runs

Uber’s recent announcement of introducing flying cars by the end of 2020 has made sensational headlines all over the globe. The 8-year old transportation network giant has revealed its ambitious plans of launching taxis that resemble small electric aircrafts, incorporated with sound minimizing and zero emission technology. These flying cars will reportedly take off and land vertically and change the landscape of urban transportation.

Despite being constantly swamped by unnecessary controversies and lawsuits, the very recent one involving Apple’s threat to remove the Uber app from their PlayStore, this billion-dollar company has established itself as a major player in the mass markets. After having amassed a significant share of global car sharing market and now, autonomous car market, Uber’s earnest vision is to make air transportation a part of everyday commute for all and sundry.

Uber’s officials were quoted saying that the firm aims to ease inter-city and inter-state travel by enabling customers to fly within and outside the cities by means of a simple push-the-button mechanism that is forecast to be incorporated in Uber’s flagship flying cars. The company executives have brushed off the topic of operational and functional costs, stating that the initial expenditure of a journey in a flying car will be the same as that of a land-based ride, however, with time, the costs are expected to dramatically reduce.

Reports affirm that the 68-billion-dollar ride hailing corporation has collaborated with renowned companies to design manufacture, market, and launch the flying cars over the next three years. Uber has partnered with companies such as Aurora, Embraer, Bell Helicopter, Mooney, and Pipistrel to manufacture these aerial vehicles. In addition, the company has collaborated with Hillwood Properties to develop four VTOL hubs - vertiports embedded with landing and take-off pads and charging mechanisms.

Reliable sources also assert that the company has partnered with ChargePoint Inc., the renowned California-based electric vehicle infrastructure company, to manufacture a swanky, distinctive charger for its flying car.

Uber plans to run trial scenarios in Texas and Dubai by 2020. On these grounds, the company has been in talks with the government of Dubai to use the Word Expo platform to unveil the first Uber Elevate Network demonstration. These supercool aviation taxis will also take off at the Uber Elevate Summit to be held in Dallas, Texas, in 2020.

Uber’s vision to ease the hassles of urban transport via aviation technology certainly seems promising, state experts. However, the safety and reliability of this technology is likely to raise a million questions from the aviation authorities and the masses. With consumer preferences changing in the blink of a hat, it is yet to be observed if this technology is adept and secure enough to be accepted by the mainstream automobile users.



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