Remember The Jetsons?
Well, Uber is about to make the animated sitcom a reality, as they’ve just displayed their latest concept images for a flying car at their second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles. The concepts show that passengers (a maximum of four) will sit in the middle of the aircraft (which they casually book through the Uber app) and up front as they are piloted to their destination.
The aircraft-taxis are being called 'electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles common reference models', but one can’t help but notice the resemblance to helicopters. Thousands of rooftop ‘skyports’ will have to be built across cities in order to accommodate these flying taxis, so it’ll take quite a while before they become viable options (though 2020 is the scheduled year for take off).
The plan seems to have gotten support by NASA, as they’ve announced that they’ll be working with Uber to assess the impact of these aircrafts over crowded areas.
We're working with @Uber to further explore the safety and efficiency of the skies over cities in the future. We'll use airspace management computer modeling and simulations to assess the impacts of small aircraft in these crowded environments. Details: https://t.co/NscauPbtMi pic.twitter.com/bfafkiRQmH— NASA (@NASA) May 8, 2018