Monday, July 10, 2017

Uber Set To Hit The Skies In 2020

   Uber has been so successful with it’s ride - hailing service ( Transportation from an unlicensed taxi service like Uber or Lyft ). Now they have come up with a new idea and are ready to set it in motion by 2020. Uber Technologies is planning to hit the skies  with it’s flying taxis by 2020. This was announced recently by it’s Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden at the Uber Elevate Summit in Texas. They plan to first establish their base of flying taxis in Dallas-Fortworth , Texas.  Uber flying taxis are going to be small. It will be an electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically. It would probably look like a small helicopter. Since it is electrical, there will be no emissions  and it will operate silently in cities.

   Flying Taxis can cut down travel time between San Francisco’s Marina to San Jose to fifteen minutes. On the road it will take you more than two hours. This is what Uber estimates.  During it’s early scale operation the company can get up to $1.32 per passenger mile. It’s a bit higher than an UberX for a similar distance, Holden said. Uber expects the cost of taking flying taxis  to fall below car ownership.. The company has partnered with Hillwood Properties  to build four vertiports. These are VTOL hubs that will have multiple takeoff and landing. It will also have charging infrastructures in Dallas starting next year. Uber which is valued at $68Billion has also partnered with Bell Helicopters, Aurora, Pipstrel, Mooney and Embraer to make the flying taxis. It has also teamed up with U.S. electric charging maker  Charge Point Inc. Uber is developing it’s own exclusive charger for it’s network. Uber which has partnered with the Dubai Government  is expected to conduct passenger flights during the World Expo in 2020.

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