Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Here’s what Uber’s flying taxis and skyports could look like

Post date:

Author:

Category:

If all goes according to plan, Uber Air flying taxis will take off in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne in 2023, the company announced at its annual Uber Elevate Summit on Wednesday. Think of it like Uber Pool in the sky (but definitely not as cheap).

The electric VTOLs (vertical take-off and landing vehicles) are similar to a helicopter, and will carry four passengers at low altitude from skyports in each metro area. Test flights are slated to begin next year—with cautious FAA approval. The agency’s acting administrator Dan Elwell spoke at the conference Tuesday and shared his thoughts on Uber Air in a string of tweets.

Uber unveiled looks for the taxi network’s skyports from architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Corgan, SHoP, Pickard Chilton, and Arup.

The short flights will start at $5 per mile, so a 20-mile trip would add up to about $100. Eventually the cost will go down, Uber Elevate officials anticipate.

Here’s a breakdown of costs compared to Uber’s other ride options:

How much this will cost you.

How much this will cost you.

Image: uber elevate summit / screengrab

In Dallas, Corgan laid out a “Connection Plaza” below the flight deck with two flight pads and five charging stations for the aircraft. Stores, restaurants, bike and scooter charging, parks, and fountains are part of the airport design. 

A Dallas skyport.

A Dallas skyport.

Image: uber

Gensler and SHoP put together designs for LA-area skyports. Gensler’s Cityspace concept is a shopping, eating, and hang-out space. SHoP’s Arc design incorporates solar panels to generate energy for the skyport, and would allow for 72 eVTOL trips per hour.

Gensler's design for an LA skyport.

Gensler’s design for an LA skyport.

Image: uber

SHoP is a futuristic design for an LA skyport.

SHoP is a futuristic design for an LA skyport.

Image: uber

Melbourne was just announced as the third and only international city for Uber Air to test air travel. The skyport design there is a “Sky Loft” made from renewable resources like wood. A lounge, shopping area, and Jump bikes and scooters stations are below the flight deck. 

A design for Melbourne.

A design for Melbourne.

Image: uber

Then there’s the aircraft itself. Uber’s working with manufacturers from Aurora Flight Sciences (which is part of Boeing), Pipistrel Aircraft, Embraer, Bell, and Karem Aircraft to create an electric passenger drone. On Wednesday, Uber showed what these aircraft would look like inside.

Designs from aircraft interior company Safran (think airplane overhead bins, galleys, and lavatories) show a compact, sleek interior that would work with aircraft from several manufacturers.

Uber Air is eVTOLs instead of cars.

Uber Air is eVTOLs instead of cars.

Image: uber

Look inside the cabin.

Look inside the cabin.

Image: uber

The cabin is designed to seat four passengers and their baggage along with space for a pilot or another crew member. At first, a pilot will be in the aircraft controlling the vehicle, but eventually would just be a safety pilot for the autonomous craft.

Room for four fliers.

Room for four fliers.

Image: uber

It’s like a shared ride, but 1,000 miles up in the air — and, cruising at 150 mph, way faster. 

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f91488%252f6427f545 626e 4065 900a a49178ac5ec6.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=1pd845fu9xakeka opdclu0yzwy=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws

Source: Mashable

STAY CONNECTED

3FansLike
1FollowersFollow
5FollowersFollow

INSTAGRAM

1 Followers
Follow
Barry White
Ncadmin is just having fun creating new and exciting sites because he doesnt like sleep

Report: Pelicans Pick Up 2020-21 Option on Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Gentry is 145–183 in four season's with New Orleans. 

NBA 2019-20 Win Totals: Bucks Lead the Pack, Lakers Second

The Lakers currently have the highest win total in the West at 54.5, while the Warriors' over/under is at 47.5 wins. 

Rangers Acquire Jacob Trouba from Jets for Neal Pionk and a First Round Pick

The Rangers took a major step in becoming a playoff contender again.