Uber steps up its efforts to create a flying taxi.
The second annual Uber Elevate Summit was held in Los Angeles on May 8-9. It brought together over 700 of the world’s foremost on-demand aviation leaders in industry, government, and academia for two full days of programming. The event hosted by the ride-sharing venture is dedicated to exploring advances in urban flight technology.
During the summit, the attendees had a privilege to have the first look at Embraer’s new electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft. Like the rest of Uber’s partners, including big aviation names like Bell Helicopter and Mooney, Embraer hopes its design will be adopted by Uber for its Elevate air taxi ecosystem, which Uber anticipates will be operating in a limited number of cities by 2020.
The futuristic aircraft (presented thus far only in renderings) was designed by Embraer X, a skunk works–like arm of the Brazilian air manufacturer dedicated to developing innovations in transportation. Created following the last Uber Elevate Summit, during which Embraer announced a partnership with Uber, Embraer X is based in Melbourne, but has outposts in Boston and Silicon Valley as well.
The new eVOTL design will utilize eight electric rotors divided between two struts mounted to either side of the aircraft. These vertically oriented rotors will allow the craft to take off and land like a helicopter, giving it the versatility it needs to be truly convenient for customers. Once in the air, forward propulsion is taken over by a large propeller engine mounted to the back of the aircraft (similar to the Kitty Hawk Cora).
Since all of the motors onboard are electric, the Embraer X model should run quietly—an important requirement put forth by Uber to ensure that their air taxis do not disturb the community. From the renderings, it looks like the current incarnation will seat four passengers and a pilot, though autonomous flight is the inevitable goal. It is also worth keeping in mind that this is just one of the futuristic vehicles Embraer X is currently working on and may not be its only eVOTL concept in development.
NASA, Uber to Explore Safety, Efficiency of Future Urban Airspace
NASA has signed a second space act agreement with Uber Technologies, Inc., to further explore concepts and technologies related to urban air mobility (UAM) to ensure a safe and efficient system for future air transportation in populated areas. #airtransportation #UrbanAirMobility #urbanaviation
Taking Air Travel to the Streets, or Just Above Them
There was a time when people and goods were moved through the crowded city on the ground, restricted to the busy street surfaces by necessity and gravity. #airtransportation #airvehicle #Travel #UrbanAirMobility
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plans to test a prototype for a #selfpiloted
flying car as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year, the #aerospace
group's chief executive said on Monday.
last year formed a division called #UrbanAirMobility
that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders. The aim would be for people to book the vehicle using an app, similar to car-sharing schemes. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," Airbus CEO Tom Enders told the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, adding he hoped the Airbus could fly a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of the year. "We are in an experimentation phase, we take this development very seriously," he said, adding that Airbus recognized such technologies would have to be clean to avoid further polluting congested cities.
He said using the skies could also reduce costs for city infrastructure planners. "With flying, you don't need to pour billions into concrete bridges and roads," he said.
Enders said Airbus, as the world's largest maker of commercial helicopters, wanted to invest to make the most of new technologies such as #autonomousdriving
, to usher in what amounts to an era of flying cars. "If we ignore these developments, we will be pushed out of important segments of the business," he said.
A spokesman for Airbus declined to say how much the company was investing in urban mobility.