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Uber announces flying taxis in 2020

Uber announces flying taxis in 2020
If you are also one of them who dream to reach office in the morning without traffic, then we have some great news for you. This dream will be converted into reality very soon, by non-other than Uber.

Confirming the news, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said,  “Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc expects to deploy flying taxi services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai in 2020,” while speaking at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas.

 Uber's flying taxis will be small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically, or VTOL aircraft, enabling zero operational emissions and quiet enough to operate in cities without disturbing the neighbors.

The company is working with Hillwood Properties to make four vertiports - VTOL hubs with multiple takeoffs and landing pads, and charging infrastructure - for Uber in Dallas starting next year, Holden said.

"What we're doing with them is they're going to be funding studies for demand modeling so that we can deeply understand pricing and network optimization in the Dubai area" Holden added.

Air TAXI makers announced

Given Uber’s demand for quiet VTOL aircraft, its first batch of manufacturers includes some unexpected choices. They include Dallas-based Bell Helicopter, military and civilian planemaker Aurora Flight Sciences, glider and small plane maker Pipistrel Aircraft, jet manufacturer Embraer, and private plane maker Mooney. Absent from the list are companies with a craft that seem to perfectly fit Uber’s vision—even as portrayed in its conceptual drawings—such as Airbus (with its Vahana plane), Joby Aviation, and Lilium. All three have tilting wings or engines that point down for VTOL and then rotate parallel to the ground to fly like regular planes.

“Each of these partners that we’ve chosen brings something special to the table,” says Holden. “Bell has actually built this kind of aircraft before,” he says. “Embraer [has] done large-scale manufacturing, which is going to be a new thing that we introduce to the aviation industry as a result of Elevate,” Holden says that more companies may also join up. In fact, both Airbus and Lilium will be speaking at Elevate.

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