But Uber and many other big company names are brainstorming how shared mobility can take flight! Take a moment to picture yourself flying with ease, bypassing any rush hour traffic, and getting to your destination on time, every time. As it turns out, this dream is not too far away from becoming a reality.
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Introducing Uber Air
Jeff Holden, Uber’s chief product officer, announced the age of flying taxis at Uber’s 2018 Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, May 2018. Low-flying air taxi services could be in place in as little as five years from now, according to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Uber is set to begin testing the launch of these flying taxis by 2020, with the first proposed ride planned for 2023. The company will be bringing flying vehicles to cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles in 2020 first, then to neighboring cities soon thereafter.
Could you imagine a large network of air taxis that could whisk you home from a night on the town or to work in a matter of mere minutes for just a few bucks? Sounds like science fiction, right?
Believe it or not, there are many companies already producing and playing their part in the further development of passenger drones, which makes the futuristic image of a Jetson’s lifestyle not so far-fetched!
For bustling cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston, which have streets constantly clogged with traffic, this could drastically change the everyday lifestyle and landscape that we have grown accustomed to in populous locations.
Many lesser-known companies, such as Bell Nexus, has been working hard to work toward a solution to the traffic issue, which is the creation of a VTOL, or vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The prototypes that have been created so far resemble a hybrid of an airplane, a helicopter, with a bit of drone.
In the 2018 CES technology show in Las Vegas, Bell Nexus debuted the Bell Helicopter, a simple 5-seater prototype that antsy commuters could order to shuttle them across town above the bustle of everyday traffic.
Uber has since partnered with Bell Nexus and claim that their future fleet of air taxis will have the capability to fly 150 to 200 miles per hour, allowing for an hour commute to be completed in just a few minutes.
“The Bell Helicopter won’t be your average Uber that comes to your driveway upon order,” states the Bell Nexus executive vice president of communications, Robert Hastings. “Our fleet will be for quick hops around metropolitan areas. For instance, the hour and a half trek to the Dallas airport from the depths of the suburbs will be shaved down to 8 minutes.”
These aircrafts are likely going to be transporting much more than just folks in a hurry as well, overseeing cargo that needs to be moved from one store to another across town or state lines.
Your dreams of flying high on a budget will become a reality sooner than later! Are you excited to live the life of your favorite Jetson?