We can undeniably call them ‘a game changer’. Yes, Uber is a game changer; they terrifically changed the way how people travel and how travel industry behaves. Apart from some protests by traditional cab drivers, cab drivers of its own and legal restrictions by government authorities in some parts of the world, Uber has been moving at a rocket speed, and research and innovations have been its integral parts since its inception.
Now Uber is under the hood of flying car development. First let’s see on a brief note that says what flying car is and how it works?
What is Flying Car?
According to Wikipedia definition, “a flying car is a type of personal air vehicle that provides door-to-door transportation by both road and air. The term “flying car” is often used to include roadable aircraft and hovercars”.
In fact, the term flying car is not new, it dates back to the beginning of 20th century, when Curtiss Autoplane, Arrowbile, and Airphibian were introduced in the form of flying cars, but they couldn’t get the expected vision of flying car and even that was not geared up for availing as commercial vehicle, but now the scenario has changed. I came overa news in the morning that says Dutch manufacturer Pal-V has launched the world’s first commercial flying cars, named “Liberty Pioneer” and “Liberty Sport”, which are set to available for sale by the end of 2018.Following it, now all eyes are on ‘Uber’.
Elevate – Uber flying cars
Following the launch of a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh recently, now Uber is in interesting news by flying cars. The network of its flying cars is expected to be named “Elevate”. This fully electric car (or aircraft) takes off and lands vertically. Instead of going through the jam-packed traffic, you can get to Silicon Valley from San Francisco in about 15 minutes for the price of UberX. It’s really wonderful, right! This not just excited tech enthusiasts, even tech-driven companies like mobile app development companies New York, AI solution providers and navigation technology service providers are in the operation of digging new business opportunities in the same field.
These flying cars move on the ground and through the air as well. The major boost to Uber’s flying car initiative is veteran NASA engineerMark Moore. He has joined Uber as the director of engineering for aviation. This made all think that Uber is serious about flying cars. This is really a great move by Uber to create the next big thing in the world of travel. Taking the position, Moore stated “I can’t think of another company in a stronger position to be the leader for this new ecosystem and make the urban electric VTOL market real.”
In its whitepaper released last October, Uber stated “the company holds a radical vision for airborne commutes and identified the technical challenges this future travel technology faces. The challenges it quoted are noise pollution, vehicle efficiency and limited battery life. On the same whitepaper, Moore said “I was impressed by the company’s vision and potential impact”. It hints us rather than building flying cars, Uber is focusing more on solving challenges that hindrance its development.
More than the technology companies that are not driven by travel, if companies that are centred on travel bring out this kind of game-changing innovations, it would be much more effective in creating value for the targeted people or sector. In this viewpoint, the development of flying car is a great move by Uber.