FORGET TRAFFIC: Uber FLIGHTS Are Coming
If you love the convenience of using Uber, you’re certainly not alone.
People all over the world have welcomed the app with open arms, embracing the share car element and giving traditionally moody taxi drivers a run for their money.
Now, it’s been announced Uber will be extending their services to the sky.
During Lisbon’s Web Summit, Product design officer Jeff Holden announced that ride-sharing flights will be a thing in Los Angeles by 2020.
Interestingly, they’re expected to cost less than a typical Uber X ride, the company announced.
The custom design includes many small motors rather than a large rotor like a helicopter and is quieter, while allowing for “emissions free electric flight”.
The all-electric “bad boy” will have a battery that can recharge within minutes, while passengers load on and off via a small cabin without the “dreaded middle seat” found on a commercial aircraft.
Uber has already signed a handful of partners to build the aircraft, while a Dallas-based real estate company is in charge of constructing ‘Skyports’ for the helicopter-like flights to land, including one at LAX airport allowing passengers to transfer downtown within minutes “This is the beginning of the end of individual car ownership,” Mr Holden said.
“Except for a hobby, you won’t own your own car.”
“Just as skyscrapers were the solution to commercial and residential density in cities, we believe that moving local transportation to the sky is going to open up incredible mobility bandwidth in cities.”
Mr Holden said the company planned to “offer an Uber Air flight for the cost of an Uber X trip on the ground” as soon as it was launched.
Their goal is to make flying Uber Air less expensive than driving your own car.
The only thing? What would a traffic jam in the SKY look like?