Uber, has laid out a vision for on-demand aircraft that can fly commuters to home or work, a lot faster than it would take him or her on the road.
To invite innovators and entrepreneurs to take flight with the idea, Uber assessed the feasibility of what it called “vertical take-off and landing” vehicles in a 98-page white paper presentation.
Uber, which is based in San Francisco, said it will be reaching out to cities, manufacturers and other about the concept.
“Just as skyscrapers allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground”, printed in the white paper which was authored by Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden and product manager Nikhil Goel.
A network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically will enable rapid, reliable transportation between suburbs and cities and, ultimately, within cities.
The paper showed diagrams of aircraft bodies of various designs with propellers that can rotate to allow for vertical lift or take-off or landing, then move into position for flying forward.
The building of “Vertical take-off and landing” or VTOL vehicles where made possible by recent advances in technology.
The paper also added that since the VTOL aircraft would be powered by electricity, they would be non-polluting and quiet.
“Vertical take-off and landing” or VTOL vehicles to be made available for you.
According to the Uber team, more than a dozen companies taking varied design approaches are working on these types of aircraft.
The vision presented in the paper also said that, to ensure safety, by reducing the potential for human mistakes, auto-pilot capabilities could be built into the aircraft, and they could recharge at landing pads atop buildings, at existing helipads, or at stations built on unused land.