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Published: Thu, April 27, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Uber plans to take ride-sharing off the ground

Uber plans to take ride-sharing off the ground

The company has also partnered with USA electric vehicle charging station maker ChargePoint Inc.

NY [U.S.], April 26 (ANI): Uber is literally aiming for the skies as the tech company announced that it has struck partnerships with the cities of Dallas and Dubai to demonstrate a network of flying cars by 2020.

Uber's electric aircraft, which would be quieter, cheaper and less polluting than its nearest equivalent, the helicopter, would ultimately use autonomous technology, the company says, making it much safer by "significantly reducing operator error".

In February, the Roads and Transport Authority announced a collaboration with Chinese company Ehang to launch driverless flying cars.

"We're excited to be working with Mooney", said Jay Carter, Jr., founder and CEO of Carter Aviation.

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Uber executives and partner companies laid out more details for the Uber Elevate eVTOL Network in Dallas yesterday, announcing partnerships with several aircraft OEMs, technology companies and real estate developers. Uber has been hit with sexual harassment allegations, a lawsuit from Alphabet's Waymo over self-driving auto technology, secret deceptive software and a series of executive departures among other controversies. There are also questions about the safety of the proposed vehicles and the viability of the batteries. The key to accomplishing this goal, according to the white paper, is to build "a network of small, electric aircraft that take off and land vertically".

"If they have pilots then I would imagine that will increase costs significantly, and if they are unmanned then I don't think many people would have the confidence to trust it", he said. The flying cars need to be certified before we put them into commercial operations. "Imagine if you get up in the morning and go on a six-minute flight versus an hour in a vehicle and wasting time".

In October, Holden published a 99-page white paper outlining Uber's vision of air transit, including vehicles that would travel 100 to 150 miles per hour, eventually making it cheap enough for the masses to use as daily transport.

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