This is not an April Fool’s Joke. They’re actually serious.
While local arm of the ride-sharing app, Uber, may have their squabbles with cab drivers, it has its eyes set on something very ambitious and it’s coming sooner than you think. They want to bring us a network of flying cars by 2020 in places like: Dallas and Dubai. Now, before you tune out and think this is some April Fool’s joke that was late to the game, they’re actually quite serious and have made the right moves that could potentially make this work.
According to our source, Wired.com, the vehicle that Uber envisions is capable of vertical take-off and landing, plus can transport people 160 kilometers an hour and will be a hybrid — running on both fossil fuel and electric; much like Doc Brown’s Dolorean in Back to the Future, minus the fusion core.
At the company’s Elevate Summit, Uber announced that it had indeed partnered up with Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai to handle the infrastructure needed for their vehicles or their so called “Vertiports”. To power the vehicles, they have enlisted the help of Chargepoint. More importantly, to build the vehicle itself, they have deals with companies, such as: Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel, Bell Helicopter, Embraer, and Mooney.
Uber’s vision may seem lofty, but we’ve already seen a few of these flying cars make it rounds through social media. Are we actually closer than we think? Before Uber rolls this out, of course, there regulations to consider and we’re hoping they figure that out, but if they do… we figure it’s going to be awhile till we see a vehicle that will allow us to traverse EDSA through the air.