The Transport of the Future: Uber Air

THE TRANSPORT OF THE FUTURE: 

UBER AIR 

In the near future, 2023 to be exact, Uber plans to give riders the option of catching a flight. Currently working with federal and local policy-makers to make this a reality, the company wishes to launch a new transport option that is safe, quiet, and environmentally conscious. With testing projected to begin in cities as early as this year or the next, leaders across industries and government—vehicle designers, manufacturers, investors, operators, infrastructure providers, policymakers, and regulators— are being enlisted to assist in building the future of urban aviation. 

In the near future, 2023 to be exact, Uber plans to give riders the option of catching a flight. Currently working with federal and local policy-makers to make this a reality, the company wishes to launch a new transport option that is safe, quiet, and environmentally conscious. With testing projected to begin in cities as early as this year or the next, leaders across industries and government—vehicle designers, manufacturers, investors, operators, infrastructure providers, policymakers, and regulators— are being enlisted to assist in building the future of urban aviation. 

Such high volumes of air-traffic have not yet been seen on this scale

Such high volumes of air-traffic have not yet been seen on this scale

“The top names in architecture, design, and engineering are devising solutions capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour, even within footprints as dense as an acre or 2” says the UberElevate website. Such high volumes of air-traffic have not yet been seen on this scale in such close confines. Not only do the physical logistics of this operation take the concept of transportation to a new level, the necessary software to run everything also needs to be created.

“The top names in architecture, design, and engineering are devising solutions capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour, even within footprints as dense as an acre or 2” says the UberElevate website. Such high volumes of air-traffic have not yet been seen on this scale in such close confines. Not only do the physical logistics of this operation take the concept of transportation to a new level, the necessary software to run everything also needs to be created.

Source: Uber | a digital rendering of an Uber Air Cabin

Source: Uber | a digital rendering of an Uber Air Cabin

“Uber Air will be powered by Elevate Cloud Services (ECS), a suite of software including our own UTM service, to manage dense operations of unmanned, low-altitude air traffic” their website continues.

The development of this air transportation network will first be created to move between suburbs and cities, with a future goal of ultimately being used within cities. Uber’s Elevate Network partners will be launching fleets of small, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.

The Advanced Technology Center in Paris will be Uber’s first research and development hub outside of North America to be built, and over the next five years, €20 million will be invested into developing new technologies and capabilities to move the company’s vision forward.

“Uber Air will be powered by Elevate Cloud Services (ECS), a suite of software including our own UTM service, to manage dense operations of unmanned, low-altitude air traffic” their website continues.

The development of this air transportation network will first be created to move between suburbs and cities, with a future goal of ultimately being used within cities. Uber’s Elevate Network partners will be launching fleets of small, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.

The Advanced Technology Center in Paris will be Uber’s first research and development hub outside of North America to be built, and over the next five years, €20 million will be invested into developing new technologies and capabilities to move the company’s vision forward.

Source: Uber | a digital rendering of an eVTOL

Source: Uber | a digital rendering of an eVTOL

tap a button, get a ride

tap a button, get a ride

The ultimate aim would be to have these crafts unmanned, however, speaking at “The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOLRevolution” — a Vertical Flight Society (VFS) panel at HAI Heli-Expo 2020 sponsored by eVTOL.com — Moore said he expects to see piloted eVTOL air taxis before unmanned craft are developed. “Sure, things are flying in remote areas, but autonomous flight is really hard,” he stated. “And having a pilot in the vehicle makes a huge difference in terms of regulatory barriers.”
  

The ultimate aim would be to have these crafts unmanned, however, speaking at “The ((Quiet)) Electric VTOL Revolution” — a Vertical Flight Society (VFS) panel at HAI Heli-Expo 2020 sponsored by eVTOL.com — Moore said he expects to see piloted eVTOL air taxis before unmanned craft are developed. “Sure, things are flying in remote areas, but autonomous flight is really hard,” he stated. “And having a pilot in the vehicle makes a huge difference in terms of regulatory barriers.”
  

The ultimate aim would be to have these crafts unmanned

The ultimate aim would be to have these crafts unmanned

Unlike helicopters, eVTOLs are all-electric. eVTOLs fundamentally rely on DEP (distributed electric propulsion), a breakthrough technology pioneered by Mark Moore, Uber’s Director of Vehicle Engineering, during his 32 years at NASA. Concepts are being developed with several manufacturers that showcase ways to use DEP technology in order to optimize cruise efficiency, design simplicity, hover power, noise footprint, payload, and vehicle control.

Unlike helicopters, eVTOLs are all-electric. eVTOLs fundamentally rely on DEP (distributed electric propulsion), a breakthrough technology pioneered by Mark Moore, Uber’s Director of Vehicle Engineering, during his 32 years at NASA. Concepts are being developed with several manufacturers that showcase ways to use DEP technology in order to optimize cruise efficiency, design simplicity, hover power, noise footprint, payload, and vehicle control.

Source: Uber | a digital rendering of an eVTOL

Source: Uber | a digital rendering of an eVTOL

This innovation seeks to alleviate transportation congestion at a ground-level and goes in line with Uber’s initial vision as a company: tap a button, get a ride. Just as skyscrapers have allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, Uber Air hopes to take to the sky to enable riders to tap a button for a flight. In the coming years, more and more innovation is likely to take place, enabling creativity to fuel transportation in ways unimaginable in the past.

This innovation seeks to alleviate transportation congestion at a ground-level and goes in line with Uber’s initial vision as a company: tap a button, get a ride. Just as skyscrapers have allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, Uber Air hopes to take to the sky to enable riders to tap a button for a flight. In the coming years, more and more innovation is likely to take place, enabling creativity to fuel transportation in ways unimaginable in the past.

the most innovative and stylish solutions to the jet setting lifestyle can be found on THE GUESTLIST

the most innovative and stylish solutions to the jet setting lifestyle can be found on THE GUESTLIST

Be sure to take advantage of these options in the most comfortable ways. One of the most innovative and stylish solutions to the jet setting lifestyle can be found on THE GUESTLIST. Blending ultimate comfort in knitwear with classic styles, pieces like the unconstructed, soft-washed, double-faced Carr Black Coat, are ideal. Made from100% Fibre Nobili cashmere and – due to a specially developed knitting technique - it has enough natural stretch to feel like you are wearing your favorite, softest sweater. The tailoring details in the pattern and finish to give it a sophisticated silhouette. The Ciron Sports Coat or the Anton Sports Coat, also by KARIM GUEST NEW YORK, transition effortlessly from the board-room to a flight. Similarly, the sophisticated Astrid Coat designed by Susanne Kempf-Hartenstein for KARIM GUEST NEW YORK Womenswear Collection, or the Warren Blazer from the JENNIFER JOANOU NEW YORK Collection, brings you from the air straight to the boardroom.  

Be sure to take advantage of these options in the most comfortable ways. One of the most innovative and stylish solutions to the jet setting lifestyle can be found on THE GUESTLIST. Blending ultimate comfort in knitwear with classic styles, pieces like the unconstructed, soft-washed, double-faced Carr Black Coat, are ideal. Made from100% Fibre Nobili cashmere and – due to a specially developed knitting technique - it has enough natural stretch to feel like you are wearing your favorite, softest sweater. The tailoring details in the pattern and finish to give it a sophisticated silhouette. The Ciron Sports Coat or the Anton Sports Coat, also by KARIM GUEST NEW YORK, transition effortlessly from the board-room to a flight. Similarly, the sophisticated Astrid Coat designed by Susanne Kempf-Hartenstein for KARIM GUEST NEW YORK Womenswear Collection, or the Warren Blazer from the JENNIFER JOANOU NEW YORK Collection, brings you from the air straight to the boardroom.  

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