Uber flying taxis to take to the skies in 2020

Uber has revealed more details of your flight-taxi, which will launch in Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California, for the year 2020.

The booking process was shown in a video released by the company, which shows the taxi with seating for four, propulsion system, and ground speed close to 200 mph.

After booking a seat in a UberAir vehicle, users to head to an ‘Uber skyport a.s’, a mini airport-type of place of shipment for multiple UberAir vehicles, located on the roof of the local construction. Instead of being door-to-door transport by one, all the users share the vehicle, and fell in a convenient location, and the use of one of Uber’s planned taxi without a driver to get to your final destination.

Uber will also be flying taxis in Dubai in the year 2020, the company’s chief product officer Jeff Holden announced in the case of Uber to Raise the Summit.

The use of small electric VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircraft, Uber will charge passengers $1.32 per mile (approximately £1.03 in the current rates).

This price is slightly higher than the cost of the booking of an UberX cab. The company says that the cost will decrease over time, so much so that you’ll one day be cheaper to use Uber’s flying taxi service that will run a car.

Uber described his plans as enabling “fast, reliable transportation between suburbs and cities, and ultimately, within the cities”. Daily long-distance commuting in heavily congested areas that are not serviced by the existing infrastructure is likely to be the first to use the aircraft.

More than a dozen companies are working on the project, including vehicle charging station maker Chargepoint, which will develop a unique device for the network of Uber of the aircraft.

Twice as safe as a car

Uber power of the aircraft, which would be quieter, cheaper and less polluting than its closest equivalent, the helicopter, in the last instance would be the independent use of the technology, the company says, so that it is much safer “, greatly reducing operator error”.

Uber provides the aircraft VTOL can be two times as safe as driving a car because of the autonomy and distributed electric propulsion (DEP). The use of the DEP allows fixed-wing VTOLs, which do not need large rotors of the helicopter generate lift with greater efficiency than that of the rotors.

However, Uber has said: “there is No vehicle manufacturer to date has yet demonstrated a commercially viable aircraft with DEP, so that there is a real risk here.”

Cheaper than running a car

Uber believes that in the long term, the use of aircraft VTOL taxis to be more affordable than running a car. Recognizing that today’s airplanes and helicopters cost about 20 times more than a car, due to the low volumes of production, said: “If VTOLs can serve the demand of urban transport, a case well quiet, fast, clean, efficient, and secure — there is a path to high volume of manufacturing production (at least thousands of a certain type of model built by year), which will allow VTOLs to achieve drastically reduce the cost of the vehicle. The economy of the manufacturing VTOLs will be more similar to that of automobiles, aircraft”.

He added that at the beginning of the VTOL vehicle is likely to be very expensive, but because the rider model quickly reduces the cost of the vehicle, “the high cost should not end up being prohibitive for a start”.

“Once the rider service begins, a positive feedback loop must ensure that it ultimately reduces costs and, therefore, prices for all users, that is to say, as the total number of users increases, the use of the aircraft increases,” the company said.

Uber also identified a number of challenges that must be addressed to make the aircraft viable. These include the certification process of new aircraft concepts, battery technology for electric transport and the problems with the air traffic control.

The biggest operational barrier to the deployment of a fleet of taxis flying is a lack of sufficient landing sites, Uber says.

The company describes the vision as “ambitious” but believes that “it is possible to achieve in the next decade if all the key actors in the VTOL ecosystem of regulators, vehicle designers, communities, cities, and operators of network — collaborate effectively”.

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