It has been some time since Uber revealed its VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft plans. The company confirmed that it was working on the idea of flying taxis which will be able to take its customers from one point to the other. It is a bold dream.
Well, the company’s Elevate summit kicked off in Dallas yesterday and Uber confirmed that it wants to demonstrate its Elevate Network in 2020. That’s just 3 years away. It is a gutsy plan.
Uber wants self-flying taxis in the future that will take-off and land vertically which will make them perfect for use in big cities like New York and London, where space is limited. Customers will just need to get in and they will be flown to their destination. Obviously it will take a lot of time before this network goes into service for the public. The legal hurdles alone will take time to overcome.
The company will work on building partnerships with local real estate companies to find spots for vehicleports where these VTOL crafts will be based. It’s also going to work with aircraft manufacturers who are already developing VTOL vehicles, like Bell Helicopter and Embraer. Uber will attempt the first public demonstration of the Elevate Network at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai if all goes well.