Uber To Partner with U.S. Army and NASA to Work on Flying Taxis – Will You be Able to Afford It and When to Expect

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ABC News had an exclusive opportunity to take a first look at the prototype of Uber flying taxi company, which will have to go into the air with the first passengers somewhere in 2020.

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Source: TechWorm

Taxi revolution 

Uber will team up with US Army and and this is their second agreement. The first was signed in 2017 and concerned unmanned aerial vehicles. Uber has set a goal to start testing electric vehicles by 2020, and their commercial use is planned on 2023.

After signing the first agreement with , Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said that the testing of a flying taxi will begin in Los Angeles in 2020.

The car will be designed for four passengers and will be able to pick up the speed up to 150 mph. The service of flying taxis should be available with all benefits by 2023.

In general, the design of the flying taxi resembles more a large quadrocopter, rather than a flying car. A few rotors of a flying taxi will allow vertical takeoff and landing. The body of the apparatus is closer to the aircraft fuselage than to the helicopter.

The flying Uber taxi will work on electricity, therefore, the device will be quieter, more efficient and more economical than an ordinary helicopter.

How much it costs

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Source: Uber

At first, a flying taxi trip will cost about $8.93 per passenger per mile, which limits the opportunity to just the rich people. However, Uber plans to reduce the cost of the transport per passenger per mile to $5.73 in 2023.

Moreover, Uber states it can get  $1.84 cost per passenger shortly after UberAir’s launch.


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