With all the new ambitious goals put by companies, it is no surprise to now see Uber’s concept of flying cars. Around two weeks ago, Uber announced that it will be building aircrafts that will be used to transport people in France. This will go hand in hand with UberAir, a service that will bring urban air transport to cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles. Although these plans seem great, it will be hard to actually get these flying cars, as they obviously do not yet exist. Uber has stated that the eVTOL, which stands for electric vertical take-off landing, will be able to go 60 miles per charge. Additionally, Uber has stated that after a while, rides in the eVOTL will be around the same as a normal Uber car ride of the same distance. This is surprising to hear, considering the price to manufacture these aircrafts will not be cheap, and being able to pay people who will take on this type of job will also play a factor in how difficult it will be to make the service low cost, especially since pilots will be required.
If Uber is able to get past the barriers and launch this service, however, this service can be extraordinary. It will be able to provide extremely quick rides, which is great during commute times and longer rides. Additionally, the vehicles used will not be loud. In fact, one of the reasons why helicopters are not viable in this situation is because of their loud noise. Also, Uber aims for low emissions. Overall, it will be cool to see this and other similar air vehicles develop, such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic machines, and it will be interesting to see if Uber can live up to their promise of launching this service commercially by 2023.
Source: The Verge