UberAIR to take flight with help from UT Austin and U.S. Army Research Labs

TechCrunch | 8/9/2018 | Staff
Sugar12 (Posted by) Level 4
Click For Photo: https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Uber-Ilustration-1-Credit-Courtesy-of-Uber.jpg?w=711




After three months of discussions, Uber Elevate has selected The University of Texas at Austin as its partner alongside the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop new rotor technology for vehicles that the company will use in its uberAIR flying taxi network.

The news is the latest step in Uber’s plans to get demonstration flights off the ground in the megalopolises of Dallas Ft. Worth; Los Angeles, and Dubai. The ultimate goal is to have uberAIR services commercially available in those cities by 2023.

Uber - Specifications - Vehicle - Traffic - Management

To achieve that, Uber has set up some rigorous specifications for its vehicle and the traffic management system used to operate uberAIR, developed in conjunction with several aircraft manufacturers and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Specifically for the vehicle, Uber is requiring a fully electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle that has a cruising speed of 150 to 200 miles per hour; a cruising altitude of 1,000 to 2,000 feet; and a range of up to 60 miles for a single charge.

Company - Racing - Sky - Taxi - Space

The company isn’t the only one racing to own the sky taxi space for urban transport. Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang; Aston Martin; Rolls Royce; Audi and Airbus and other, smaller, startup vendors are all trying to make flying vehicles. Ehang has been touting manned test flights of its drone already.

Uber,...
(Excerpt) Read more at: TechCrunch
Wake Up To Breaking News!
Merry Christmas! It's not just for December any longer!
Sign In or Register to comment.

Welcome to Long Room!

Where The World Finds Its News!