In a move that sounds suspiciously like it was crafted to take the focus off Uber's many, many, many PR problems, the ride-hailing company reckons it'll have flying taxis by 2020.
According to the BBC, Uber is working with flight companies including Embraer and Bell Helicopter to develop electric flying vehicles that'll then be tested in Dallas and Dubai.
Supposedly, the skycabs will take off vertically like helicopters, give out zero emissions and be delightfully quiet. Oh, and they're eventually going to cost as little as normal Uber car rides. Anyone else finding this all a bit suspish?
Considering no one's been able to implement drone delivery networks yet – due to aviation rules as much as anything else – or indeed self-driving cars, for which the technology actually exists, it seems a bit unlikely that in three years we'll somehow have sorted literal flying cars. But Uber's sticking to its planned launch date, with customers getting access three years later.
Well, if anyone can do it, it's probably Travis Kalanick. Anyone who can keep a business afloat after that much bad press can definitely fly a car. [BBC]
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