Uber Reveals "Flying Taxi" Prototype

Uber Technologies Inc. is constantly trying to improve it's taxi service whether it's by having more drivers on the street, self driving cars, and yes flying cars. With the help of NASA scientists, Uber hopes to have the world's first air-taxis available to consumers. The air-taxi could reduce what once was a 90-minute commute to work to under 10 minutes. Uber wants to unleash "a network of small, electric aircrafts in cities worldwide to enable four-person ride sharing flights". 

On a single charge, the air-taxi would be able to fly for 60 miles at a time at 150-200 mph. When the car does need to recharge, it would only take 5 minutes to do so before getting back in the air. 

 

Uber hopes the future service would be more cost effective for travelers than owning a car. They also hope the car service is more practical than repairing roads, bridges, and railroad tracks. The only platform the service would need to build is landing and takeoff pads. 

Jaiwon Shin (NASA's Aeronautics Research Director shared this thought on the service -

"Urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle much like smart phones have."

Uber hopes to have their flying taxi's available for the public use in the next 5 years. Forget all about hailing a cab, start looking up for your ride in the sky.

Source: AJC

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