Not long ago, according to foreign media reports, the Uber scheme was used to launch a taxi service project over the sky in 2023, and the scheme was applied by the secret new JobyAviation. JobyAviation will supply and operate electric sky taxis, and Uber will present air traffic control assistance, landing platform infrastructure and road traffic connections.
In a market research report released by Uber in 2016, it first announced its flying car solution. In the past two years, it has also focused on the research and development of unmanned and flying car products. Uber ’s flying car should be more precisely a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) airfield (if it is electrically powered, it is an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft). This VTOL vehicle can theoretically assist passengers to overcome congestion. Transportation, speed up transportation in suburbs and cities.
Founded in 2009, JobyAviation has accumulated more than ten years of work experience in the electric airline industry. Its founder is scientist JoeBenBevirt. Although it was previously unknown, in 2018, it announced that it had raised US $ 100 million in assets to assist Uber in developing and designing the prototype of the sky taxi and launched its first flight. Investors include venture capital units from Intel, Toyota, and JetBlue.
At this stage, Uber has already established a new product research and development management center, and plans to recruit nearly 3,000 employees in the next two years. Their key daily task is to test taxi service projects over Uber's big cities. UberCopter has previously released the UberCopter, an online helicopter service project. It can show customers a cargo transportation service from New York City to JFK Airport, reducing the mileage time from more than 2 hours to 30 minutes. About 200-225 dollars (equivalent to RMB 1400-1580 yuan).
Uber's idea of a taxi service over the sky
Uber said that flying cars in the future are more like small drones, not helicopters, or four rotors on the wing. Such designs are more secure than helicopters with a single aircraft propeller. Flying cars have a height-to-width ratio of 300 to 600 meters above the road, and are quieter than helicopters. In the future, the Internet for taxis and ride-hailing will also be reconfigured, making it easier and faster for customers to book.
According to statistics, Joby is not the only manufacturing partner of Uber. In addition to JobyAviation, Uber has also announced cooperation with six other aerospace companies (Jaunt, Embraer, Pipistrel, KaremAircraft, AuroraFlightSciences, and Bell) to develop products into its prototype airport as part of its taxi service project above. .