Meet UberAIR: Uber's Flying Taxis Take Off By 2020

Uber has just stepped up their game.

The ride-sharing trailblazer tweeted out a promotional video Wednesday morning of what could well be the next step in transportation.

Introducing: UberAIR.

Mind-blowing, to be sure (if not a bit over-produced)!

The idea that what is essentially a flying car could be in usage within 3 years is hard to believe.  But a look behind the scenes at Uber's business dealings reveal this is no fantasy.

Uber and...NASA?

Uber and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have come together to create a Space Act agreement which will serve as the foundation for the aerial infrastructure.

The basic model for the UberAIR fleet already has functioning prototypes:

Elevate, the project name for the UberAIR service, will roll out initially in just a few select markets. 

Solution to LA's gridlock?

Unsurprisingly, Los Angeles has also made the cut to the hope and joy of many.

“It’s one of the most congested cities in the world today.  They essentially have no mass transit infrastructure. This type of approach allows us to very inexpensively deploy a mass transit method that actually doesn’t make traffic worse. 

- Jeff Holden, Head of Product, Uber 

Uber has already signed agreements with Sandstone Properties to develop rooftop launchpads throughout the city.

“LA is the perfect testing ground for this new technology, and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years” 

- Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

Read more about Uber Elevate over at The Verge.


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