Uber proved to be planning "flying taxi" that appears in SF

A service that allows you to easily call a hire with a smartphone "Uber"Provide dispatch service by flying car "Uber Elevate"We revealed a project called" Uber completed a flying car in 2021 and plans to start providing the service in 2026.

(PDF file) Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation

Fast-Forwarding to a Future of On-Demand Urban Air Transportation - Medium

Uber's Flying Cars Plan | WIRED

Uber sort of enters the 'flying car' game with a 99-page white paper - Recode

The car that Uber is planning to use for the dispatch service can take off and land vertically like a helicopterVertical take-off and landing aircraft(VTOL machine) is. According to Uber's announcement, the VTOL aircraft is powered and can fly 100 miles (about 160 km) with one charge. The maximum speed is about 240 km / hour, which means that commuting time that took 2 hours and 12 minutes can be shortened to 15 minutes.

For takeoff and landing, we plan to use the existing heliport and rooftop of a skyscraper. Noise is a problem when flying a helicopter in an urban area, but Uber's VTOL aircraft is scheduled to reduce the sound by 15 decibels compared to a general helicopter.

Uber as an image of a flying car,VahanaAirbus automatic driving aircraft called cranes and so on.

Uber's flying car is expected to have a fixed wing tilt rotor.

In the documentAirplane "GL-10" equipped with 10 propellers and capable of vertical take-off and landing / level flightYa

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Uber for unattended drivingAutomatic driving carWe are promoting the development of Uber's VTOL machine, but it is expected to start with manned driving first. However, in the end it seems that we aim to become semiautomatic driving or unmanned driving.

Uber has released a PDF file covering 98 pages on the Uber Elevate plan, how to dispatch a flying car dispatch service solves urban congestion, reduces emissions, and ultimately is cheaper than the current transportation expenses It is said that it will become. However, there is no plan to "actually develop Uber's flying car". While Uber competes with Euron Mask for multiple companiesHyperloop Ultra High Speed ​​Moving ObjectJust as developing the plan, it is seen that you are recruiting companies that will develop flying cars used by your company by announcing this plan.

However, while Hyperloop can be called a "next generation transportation system" developed by a completely new idea, the flying car is a field where many people and companies have already undertaken, such as Google's Larry Page. Although there are many issues to overcome such as regulations, it is not completely new technology, so there is enough feasibility.

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It is unclear at the time of article creation etc how Uber Elevate and Uber's network of dispatch service currently operated will be related. However, information on the manufacturing cost is disclosed, and when operating 12 units of VTOL a year it will cost $ 1.2 million (about 126 million yen), but 500 units per year will cost $ 600,000 (about 6300 Ten thousand yen), and 500 thousand units to 200 thousand dollars (about 21 million yen), the operation cost per unit is expected to decrease as the scale expands. Also, in the case of manned aircraft, the annual operation cost per unit is 50,000 dollars (about 5.3 million yen), and in the case of an unmanned aircraft, the annual operation cost will be $ 60,000 (about 6.3 million yen). In view of these, in the case of an unmanned aircraft, the ride fee per mile (about 1.6 km) is 50 cents (about 53 yen), and now the taxi ride charge is 35 cents per mile (about 37 yen), so roughly It is expected to be about 1.4 times.

For now, the purpose of Uber is not to develop "a flying car for own company", but to promote the industry developing flying cars in whatever form, to mature the VTOL aircraft ecosystem As contributing, it is stated in the published PDF file. Also, Uber's product chief, Jeff Holden, told Wired's interview, "The purpose of Uber is to accelerate the industry."

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