Some time ago prototypes of aero-bikes that should soon be supplied to the police forces of the luxurious Arab Emirate were seen in Dubai, but in the meantime Uber decided to quickly take the flight with aerial taxis without driver that could be operative already in the year 2020, and you can easily bet on this, maybe on Resorts Casino, that this technological revolution will be a hot topic for a long time.
The idea of Uber aerial taxis comes from a collaboration called Space Act Agreement with NASA and provides that the very famous company, often at the center of controversies, develops an air transport service in the city, providing flying data to American space agency scientists, from space management to collisions prevention.
The first vehicles should start making their first flights, as said, in 2020 and after three years enter full service in all the major cities of the world. The technical name of those that are indeed big drones ready to host four people at the maximum is eVTOL, an acronym that stands for electric vertical takeoff and landing.
The peculiarity of eVTOL is that they are 100% electric and therefore polluting very little. Besides, they work at vertical takeoff and landing. Therefore, a way to limit city traffic and have a minor impact on the air quality of metropolis. All really nice and science fiction, and Uber has also talked about prices. An example? With UberAIR it will be possible to reach Los Angeles airport in 27 minutes from the city center. A 26-kilometer trip that is now covered by a car in one hour and twenty minutes. What’s the price? The same price now required by a wheeled taxi for the same journey. No additional fee, therefore!
Uber has already signed an agreement with the public administrations of Dallas and Los Angeles to test its new service but plans to work with a third city outside the United States of America for the launch of uberAIR. This will bring a balance between achieving the project objectives and diversifying the city areas in which to perform the service over the long term.
Dallas and LA, together with the third extra US city that will flank the two cities of California and Texas, will also be the first to offer UberAIR flights with the timeline already stated in the previous paragraphs of this article.
Uber also underlined that it is not looking for cities offering tax reliefs or local incentives but cities with an ambitious vision and that are investing in their transport systems but, above all, wishing to make uberAIR available to their citizens as soon as possible.
So UberAIR will save citizens of big cities in the world from unregulated traffic and pollution that is constantly increasing? Difficult to say it at the moment: certainly the project does not lack of sci-fi charm and ambition. A few years will be necessary to find out if the company’s intentions will turn into reality or not.