Ride-sharing company Uber announced their plans for a fully-operational,on-demand, flying taxi service called Uber Elevate as soon as 2023.
Uber first stated these intentions in a white-paper back in October, but Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden detailed intentions to develop and test the technology by 2020 at their Elevate Summit in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, 25th April.
Join us as we chat about fast-forwarding to the future of on-demand, urban air transportation: https://t.co/SD6Rp1uR4w #UberElevate pic.twitter.com/XEtQmZBTTd— Uber (@Uber) April 25, 2017
Uber will conduct studies and test the service in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai, with the goal of demonstrating the technology at the 2020 World Expo, which Dubai is hosting.
The aircrafts will be fully-electric and resemble helicopters for vertical takeoff and landing. Uber has already partnered with helicopter manufacturers to develop the vehicles and with Silicon Valley startup,ChargePoint, to create a quick-charging infrastructure.
How would it work?
According to their October white-paper, passengers would board at a designated spot such as existing helipads, re-purposed roofs of parking garages and even unused land surrounding highway interchanges. The aircraft would takeoff vertically, reaching a cruising altitude before landing vertically at a designated drop-off point.