Uber is releasing new information about Uber Air, an ambitious plan to launch a fleet of autonomous flying taxis in two years. Bianna Golodryga gets a first look at the design models that will be on display at Tuesday’s Uber Elevate Summit. She also speaks with Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden.
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The “Flying Taxi” is a cross between a helicopter and a drone, and called an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle concept by Uber.
The flying taxi will get you to your destination pretty quick because it will have a cruising speed of 150 mph to 200 mph and has a range of 100km on a single battery charge. The aircraft will fly as high as 2,000 feet.
This aircraft will be electric to be quieter, more fuel-efficient, and cheaper than a traditional helicopter.The company now eyes an aerial taxi service by 2023, and hopes to see its flying taxis will shuttle passengers between rooftop “skyports” and landing sites in cities.