As Dubai's sky gears up to welcome flying cars in July with active cooperation from Chinese-firm E-Hang, world famous ride-hailing company Uber has also made a decision to jump onto the bandwagon and test flying cars in Dubai and Dallas in 2020.
Uber set out its vision for flying cars as an "affordable form of daily transportation for the masses" in a white paper in October 2016.
The VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) crafts will be launched in two cities, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Dallas in Texas, US, with the first demonstration hoped to be ready by 2020.
Since the publication of Elevate Whitepaper, Uber says the team has been engaging with the "aviation ecosystem" and working hard to get a "push-a-button-get-a-flight world".
A future Uber Elevate networks facility is pictured in this handout illustration provided April 25, 2017. The company believes it can offer rides in flying cars for about the same price as an UberX ride. As for the vehicle itself, Uber is negotiating contracts with five aircraft manufacturers to work on a vehicle design that's lightweight, electrically powered, and can vertically takeoff and land.
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Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, said the VTOL aircrafts will be piloted when they make their debut in 2020, but will ultimately achieve full autonomy later on.
In the middle east, Uber has partnered with the government in Dubai and expects to offer passenger flights at the World Expo 2020 taking place in the city. We have long known that the project was in the works, but now, Reuters reports that Uber has finally picked the first cities that will benefit from the service.
The ride-sharing company announced its plans Tuesday during the opening of its three-day Elevate Summit.
It is working with aircraft makers Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel Aircrafts, private jet company Embraer, Bell helicopters and Mooney as well as ChargePoint to create electric charging capacity for the vehicles. And it also revealed the company the starting Uber flying cars upgrade summit in Dallas.