Future of Flying Cars, Uber Elevate
We all hate traffic jams on our roads. Every day, Millions of hours are wasted on the road worldwide and this problem is getting awful. Uber showed the demonstration of the first flying cars. In the announcement of the Uber’s flying car project “Elevate”, they showed the demonstration how the flying cars are possible and who will be working on it. Uber published the white paper giving description how the project “Elevate” is going to work on the future. Is this the future of Cars?
On-demand aviation has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving back time lost in people’s daily commutes. Uber is close to the commute pain that people living in cities face. Uber taking out the serious concern about the traffic problem is making serious steps to help VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) make possible and affordable. Development of infrastructures to support an urban VTOL will have significant cost advantages over heavy-infrastructures approaches such as roads, rail, bridges and tunnels. VTOL do not need to follow fixed routes that have significant advantage over the other transports. Recent technological advantages have made it quite practical to build the news class of VTOL aircrafts. The VTOL designs Uber working on is safer than today’s helicopters because VTOL will not need to be dependent on any single part to stay airborne and ultimately use autonomy technology to minimize the operator error.
In a long term, VTOLs will be an affordable form of daily transportation for the public, even less expensive than owing the car. Ultimately, VTOL will be able to serve on-demand transit, case well quiet, fast, clean and more efficient. Uber also plans to make ride-sharing model that will make the ride cheaper as people commences to use it more.
Uber’s head of product Jeff Holden announced that company is adding a third city, Los Angeles, to its list of places where it hopes to pilot its aerial taxi service by 2020. LA joins Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai as cities announced to be working with Uber on the program. Uber singed a Space Act Agreement with NASA to create a brand-new air traffic control system to manage the low flying autonomous aircraft.
As you can see in the video, a passenger books the flight through her Uber App, and then ascends to a “skyport” on the roof of a nearby building. She scans the entry through her phone and board a uberAir. Whilst in the flight, she gazed down to the road and find the cars stuck in the traffic. The video is title “Closer than you think”. We can’t say the duration it will take to build the flying cars but 19 companies are developing it. Uber published the white paper last year about the project "Elevate"