Uber Could Bring Flying Taxis To The World By 2020
Many of us remember watching The Jetsons growing up, but those flying aircraft didn’t seem like they were going to be a reality any time soon. That is until rideshare giant Uber decided to unveil the new Uber Air: the flying taxi rideshare service they hope to launch in the next two years.
That’s right, flying taxis. Uber is looking to revolutionize transportation once again by bringing ride share to the sky. They just announced the Uber Air project in Los Angeles this week, and it’s looking rather impressive already with plans scheduled for the next five to 10 years. So how exactly will Uber Air work?
Rideshare In The Sky
Uber Air will work similarly to the current Uber app, with just a few tweaks. Passengers will be able to hail a ride using the app and must book the trip 60 minutes ahead of time. Then, they’ll head to their nearest Skyport to hop on the flying taxi.
The ability to hail an air taxi from the app and get picked up at your nearest Skyport is supposed to be a seamless and intuitive journey for the rider. And it is quite intuitive. By using an Uber Air-craft with color-matching technology, Uber Air riders will be able to find their ride simply, as they already do with the color system that helps passengers find their Uber car.
Avoid Annoying Traffic
“We want to create a network around those vehicles so that regular people can take these taxis in the air for longer distances when they want to avoid traffic at affordable prices,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. And for just an initial cost of $5.73 per passenger mile and down to $1.84 when ridership increases, this transportation solution is bound to be attractive to many city dwellers looking to escape rush hour.
The Skyport Network
Uber has designed a Skyport Network, which is intended to maximize the convenience of the air taxis. Stan Swaintek, Uber’s Head of Operations and Aviation, stated the Skyports will be built where Uber riders most frequently start and end their trips. And over the next five to 10 years, Uber hopes these air taxis will be self-flying. 2025 is looking pretty snazzy if I do say so myself.
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