Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Uber plans to launch flying cars by 2020

Ride-hailing company Uber is working with aircraft manufacturers, including Aurora Flight Services and Pipistrel Aircraft on vehicles and real-estate partners to build landing pads

Uber Technologies Inc. plans to roll out flying cars with a pilot in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by 2020 and flights in Dubai at Expo2020, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit on Tuesday. The goal aligns with Uber’s mission of efficiency and cutting down on transit time, Holden said. The flying car option would eventually be available in the Uber App.



Uber’s models suggest flying cars could charge $1.32 per passenger mile, about the same rate as UberX, and later fall below the cost per mile of owning a vehicle.

The company has also been in discussions with NASA and the National Air Traffic Control Association about its planned network, Holden said.

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