Uber doesn’t just want to drive you by road, but also by air, the company has revealed that in the next 3 years, it will begin testing it’s ‘flying cars’ and that the testing will take place in Dubai and Dallas-Forth Worth.
Earlier on an Uber’s executive revealed that the company was soon going to unveil a flying vehicle that could enable it to transport customers in the sky rather than on the road. According to report, the vehicles would be of the VTOL variety, this means that they would be aerial vehicles that take off and land vertically.
Uber says that it is entering into partnerships with other companies in order to get the foundation for this testing in place, as said earlier, the testing will take place in Dubai and Dallas-Forth Worth by the year 2020. The company has been dedicating ample resources towards the development of its own self-driving car fleet.
Previously, Uber indicated that its VTOL flying vehicles may be able to travel at more than 100MPH, operate quietly due to electric motors, and travel more than 200 passenger-miles on what works out to the equivalent of a single gallon of fuel.
A flying car would be a nice idea, especially considering the fact that cities have a growing problem with congested roads. Uber expects flight to be become a daily part of our transportation lives. The company believes it can offer rides in flying cars for about the same price as an UberX ride. The technology could be transformative in areas plagued by traffic.
Although this seems like a nice idea, but many hurdles remain to making flying cars safe and reliable, also no one knows if battery technology will be sufficiently developed within the specified time by Uber to sustain these vehicles.
Uber an American multinational online taxi dispatch company headquartered in San Francisco, California, was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Its Uber mobile app allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. In 2014 Uber was ranked by Klout as the 48th-most powerful company in America. By late-2015, Uber was estimated to be worth $62.5 billion.