Uber Elevate

The future of on-demand urban air transportation by UBER

#2 Product of the DayNovember 08, 2017

Uber Elevate is on-demand, urban air transportation. Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft will bring far-reaching changes to our cities and our lives—quicker daily commutes, less traffic congestion, and cleaner air around the world. Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make this a reality.

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LA in 2020:
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@rrhoover This is really exciting. Hope they have an option of flying in a X Wing or The Bat!
@rrhoover It'll reduce road rage incidents in LA as well.
2020 is not a very realistic timeline IMO. As a private pilot, I've seen plenty of promises of new aircraft that will be "launched" in a few years, yet it ends up taking much longer than expected with testing, production and regulatory hurtles. It will certainly be interesting to see how they progress though!
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@kalamyty A company has already tested this in Dubai to much celebration. The tech is already here.
@mbmusgrove Even with existing proof of concepts, it would still be a lengthy approval process through the FAA. Also, it doesn’t sound like Uber has that proof of concept yet
@mbmusgrove @kalamyty Uber has been successful at getting self driving cars on the road despite the regulations. I don't think that will be the hardest part of this technology.
@kalamyty I believe it's been more than a proof of concept, outside the states.
@mbmusgrove @kalamyty @dillon1337 Regulations for driving and flying are much different, especially in SF, NYC and LA where you'd cross into airport airspace for most routes. If even the tiniest thing goes wrong in a flying car, you crash and die. People won't be as willing to try this kind of unregulated tech.
Now this is the future. AR, VR, AI, ML, Space X, Boring Company, Flying Cars, Mars City, & many more to come. Proud to live in this era 😍
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Couldn't agree more @deadcoder0904

Why don't we develop high-speed railway like Europe and Asia? which can save energy and serve more people.

Pros:

1. faster

Cons:

1. block the sky

2. focus on high-end market

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There are plans in Texas to do this, but I have a feeling that landowners will kill this project. http://www.texascentral.com/
Uber focused on the high-end market first, and then launched UberX which is usually cheaper than cabs.
We can not do high end rails because we are too late to market. By the time we build the infrastructures (which would cost trillions of dollars) the technology will be out of date (because of VTOL and such). We also have billions of dollars in broken roads, crumbling bridges, and other traditional infrastructure that needs to be fixed. No one is willing to spend this money to fix existing infrastructure, let alone invest in new infrastructure. There is also low consumer demand of trains. I live in Chicago where people drive + take trains and public transit. If we lived in a society where EVERYONE took public transit (like Japan, Europe, etc where they have high speed rails) then the cost is worth it. It's unfortunate that high-speed rail is not viable in America, hopefully technology such as this will close costs for long distance travel.
Because it's not so luxury as aircrafts lol
Great comment , we want to go fast , or new generation want to go fast as eletronics do usually ................but take care , TESLA cars is in BIG DIFFICULTIES , finish to dream ......they get more money from investor than what they are relly able to do......... A flying car is 100 times difficult , I build Ferrari F40-F50...:Bugatti EB110 ........................till Lambo Reventon , Veneno , Sesto Elemento and now Centenario.........working for Agusta Helicopters, Aermacchi and Dragon Fly (little 2 place helicopters...)......I have a question : Does Uber want to fly electric?????????????? They will do all in house as Tesla??? No partnership with a top payer of helicopters or aircraft ???? Why same projects , 20 years old are still not for sale ? Uber crazily want to do it in 2 years , because they has ZERO experiences in developing a new vehicle who has to fly and land ...........100 times more complicated than a urban car.......and off course has to be self drive , You looks on Your side everyday how the peoples drive their cars?????? You feel safe with these peoples driving a flying car under Your houses ?hahahah What is sure is who new generation in crowfounfing can give than 10 Bilion $ in advance ............................but experince isn't for sale , ..........if want to make that flying taxi full electric will need 10 years ! One day I please think about and get information in the materials specification of what is used inside of batteries ...............who produce EV has to sign who end of life battery will be collected from them and recycled (not in tahiland trued in the sea as big vassels).....recycled properly ! They never do it because have to close all plant right now , immediately ..........recycling will destry all profits and will produce debts ......... De Tomaso cars in Italy produced a prototype of a EV city car in the '60...........still working .......and on this modern just more tecnology or new engines but 70% of the tecnology is same .............( ops now You have a big screan , touch screan who make all You crazy loving the car........... Before be influenced from this famous peoples of the Valley , study and serch information on vantages and disadvantages.......... Sorry for my bad english !!!!!!!!!!!! cesare
I think its gonna happen early i.e. 2018 - www.lilium.com
@techmeditator The website you linked to says a manned flight isn't until 2019 and being able to fly in one won't be until 2025...
@techmeditator sadly, I think it will take much much longer. Even if the tech/experience is ready for market, and ready to scale (which is unlikely, I think), the government will slow things up. Look at the timelines for autonomous vehicles or Amazon drones...
@tombielecki their commercial release is slated for 2018 as I understood. Will look it up again.