Uber have unveiled futuristic concept images for'skyports' which will act as stations where passengers could hail the firm's upcoming flying taxis. These'airports' can be attached to existing buildings and would enable people to board and disembark from Uber Air vehicles. Eight firms unveiled sixteen new designs for the Skyports at Uber Elevate, its initiative to launch uberAIR, the aerial electric ride-hailing service. The ride-hailing company are working with real estate developers and cities to install the ports- which are a bit like helipads - on top of parking blocks and other under-utilised structures. Uber have unveiled futuristic concept images for'Skyports' which will acts as stations where passengers could hail the firm's flying taxis.
Uber has teased a look at what its futuristic Skyport flying taxi hubs could be like when UberAir comes to life. At the firm's Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, Uber unveiled elaborate concept images of the Connect system developed by Corgan that could provide infrastructure for the vertical take-off and landing craft. The modular system can essentially be installed anywhere, be it an open site, atop a parking garage, or even on the roof of a skyscraper, according to Corgan. Uber has teased a look at what its futuristic Skyport flying taxi hubs could be like. At the firm's Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, Uber unveiled elaborate concept images of the Connect system developed by Corgan that could provide infrastructure for UberAir Uber has plans to begin its first flight demonstrations as soon as 2020, and begin taking passengers by 2023.
UberAIR is well on its way, with the plan to start demonstrating the technology in 2020 and start operating the flying taxi service in 2023. In order to get there, it's going to need what Uber is calling "Skyports" -- areas for these electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles to board and unload passengers. On day two of Elevate, Uber's architect and design partners revealed their concepts for skyports. All skyport concepts are required to be able to support more than 4,000 passengers per hour within a three acre footprint. The skyports must also ensure electric VTOLs can easily recharge in between trips.
Uber and NASA are taking another step toward the future of transportation. The ride-sharing firm signed a second space act agreement with NASA this month to explore ways to implement a safe and efficient air travel network over congested cities. Working off Uber's plans for an urban flying taxi system, NASA will use computer models and simulations to assess how small craft could fit into city life. Uber has plans to launch its Uber Air service in 2020, starting out with piloted flights before becoming fully autonomous within a decade. The ride-sharing firm signed a second space act agreement with NASA this month to explore ways to implement a safe and efficient air travel network over congested cities. An artist's impression is pictured'Urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move in our cities and fundamentally change our lifestyle much like smart phones have,' said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research and Mission Directorate.
Uber's flying taxis are taking off, as the transportation upstart looks for new ways to shorten trips made long because of distance or traffic congestion. Flying cars were once nearly the exclusive domain of tech aphorisms ("You promised us flying cars, but instead we have x."), but now they are actually being put into gear in the form of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles. Over the last couple of days at the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles, the company further laid out its own ambitious plans to develop and commercially deploy air taxis by 2023. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who has been at the helm for less than one year, admitted he wasn't initially 100 percent on board for Elevate, he said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles. It took a couple of sessions and some reviews of the math for him to be sold on it, he said.