Whenever people think of the future, flying cars are one of the many things that come to mind. Instead of having to drive an hour to work, people would be able to make it within minutes, and instead of driving countless miles on the boring road, people would be able to soar through the beautiful sky. Well, the future of flying cars isn’t as far away as people may think, thanks to Uber.
CNN writer Sara Ashley O’Brien explained that Uber has teamed up with NASA to advance their flying car project known as Elevate.
“The tech company has partnered with NASA to help it develop air traffic management systems for its flying taxi initiatives.”
Of course, the process of designing and building flying cars isn’t easy. There are many obstacles that still have to be faced, but Uber isn’t letting that stop them.
According to Eric Auchard, a writer for Reuters, Uber’s flying vehicles will be a combination of three different flying vehicles.
“Uber envisions a fleet of electric jet-powered vehicles - part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing aircraft - running multiple small rotors capable of both vertical takeoff and landing and rapid horizontal flight.”
Uber still has many challenges to overcome before flying cars are the new taxis, such as the certification process, battery technology, vehicle efficiency, vehicle reliability, affordability, safety, aircraft noise, emissions, vertiport/vertistop infrastructure in cities and pilot training.
At the 2017 New York Times Dealbook Conference, Uber’s new chief executive officer, Dara Khosrowshahi, spoke on the topic of Uber’s flying cars project.
"We are investing in it, it's going to be, I would say, in five years you're going to see some flying cars out there," said Khosrowshahi.