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Uber Wants to Get You High

Soon you’ll be able to secure a flying Uber from the touch of a button. Uber Air is bringing vertical taxi travel to life and if you’re willing to pay, your commute could be improved exponentially. The ultra-wealthy already travel by helicopter and private jets. Uber’s quest is for all people to have access to reliable, safe and cost-efficient aerial transport.

Uber Air’s Vision As Stated On Their Website

Uber is building the future of aerial ridesharing. In 2023, Uber plans to give riders the option of an affordable shared flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial offering that’s safe, quiet, and environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options.

What Does it Cost?

The biggest question for the average consumer is price. Flying to your short-distance destination sounds glamorous, but will it be affordable? While the cost is still being projected, Uber is aiming for passengers to fly at around $1.90 per mile, with the goal of aerial transport eventually competitive with cost of driving.

To keep the price down, Uber intends to have a fleet of eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) crafts that will cost ostensibly less than traditional helicopters. Uber Air will rely on manufacturers like Karem Aircraft to develop and build their supply.

Uber eVTOL concept

Uber Air Will Make Use of Skyports

You won’t need to install a helipad on your roof to utilize Uber Air’s services. The ridesharing outfit is working with cities in order to convert parking structures, existing helipads into a network of skyports. Once on the ground, perhaps Uber will encourage the use of their to deliver people to their final destinations.

Uber Skyport Concept

Where is Uber Air Launching?

Uber is striving to release aerial rideshare services by 2023 with Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles slated to serve as trial markets in America. An international play is being reported with Melbourne, Australia targeted the first city internationally. Other markets reported include: France, India, Japan and Brazil.

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