Uber Teams with Pipistrel in Latest Step to Launch VTOL Air Taxi Service
With so many companies competing to become the Uber of the skies, it’s not surprising that Uber also wants to become the Uber of the skies. Back in October, the company revealed the first details of its ambitious “Elevate” program that would eliminate wasted hours of productivity caused by standard road travel by offering “on-demand aviation.” Simply put: Why drive to work when you can fly?
On Tuesday, Uber announced that it has teamed up with Pipistrel Aircraft to manufacture electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles, with the end-goal of launching an air taxi service in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and Dubai by 2020.
“I am proud and excited that Uber recognized our values, expertise and leadership in electric flight,” Pipistrel group CEO Ivo Boscarol said. “This partnership marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards entirely new ways we travel, not only saving time but also being friendly to the environment.”