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Uber will introduce FLIGHT OF FANTASY: an electric flying taxi by 2020

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Faryal Nadeem Apr 27, 2017
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Uber has recently announced and mentioned about its plans to offer flying taxi in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai by 2020. The flying taxi network will be San Francisco-based to envision and provide the demand service that will elevate up to skies at 150 mph in a decade. The company is a ride-hailing or ride sharing service which will start trials in the US city of Dallas and Dubai in UAE.

Uber made deals with five companies and works on an aircraft development. The companies are Pipistrel, Aurora Flight Sciences, Mooney, Embraer and Bell Helicopter. Aurora has conducted the first flight of VTOL prototype last week and will deliver aircraft 50 taxis for testing by 2020.

The technology seems unproven to many people, but Uber believes that their service will be similar to car rides. The company chief product officer Jeff Holden said in the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas that Do not call these futuristic cabs as Flying cars because I hate the term but I still have to live with it. The electrical vertical takeoff, VTOLs, and landing look similar to drones than cars. They run on electric propulsion and have reduced noise and costs than helicopters.

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Uber made agreements with real estate companies and have introduced VERTIPORT locations in Dubai as well as in Dallas-Forth Worth. The idea is still expanding and published on white paper from last October. The company said that the electric vehicles would land vertically, take off safely like a helicopter with minimal noise, and zero emissions.

Uber mentioned its goal that the futuristic cars enable customers to get a high-speed flight in and around cities. Uber is no alone in this journey, but there is another aerospace startup company, which will turn fantasy into reality. The company name is Kitty Hawk Flyer, which is an ultralight aircraft that will fly over water and is available for purchase by the end of year.

However, the concept may sound more like science fiction because the company targets to launch the first Uber Elevate Network in 2020 World Expo in Dubai. The company believes in vision for flying taxis, which will make air transportation as a part of daily lives in future.

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