Pilot­less Uber air-taxis

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A Ja­panese min­is­ter of trade sees ‘much po­ten­tial in fly­ing cars’. Af­ter the no­to­ri­ous driver­less car in­ci­dent, we won­der what he’s on

…and de­liver your take­away. Well, maybe. At Uber El­e­vate’s first Asia-pa­cific Expo held in Tokyo in Septem­ber, Ja­panese govern­ment of­fi­cials said they were ‘on board’ with the com­pany’s plans to de­velop ur­ban trans­port sys­tems with au­tonomously op­er­at­ing EVTOLS. “We see much po­ten­tial in fly­ing cars,” said Daisaku Hi­raki, a Vice-min­is­ter of Econ­omy, Trade and In­dus­try. “I be­lieve pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, in­clud­ing com­pa­nies out­side of Ja­pan, should work col­lab­o­ra­tively to de­velop this new tech­nol­ogy.”

Uber is hop­ing to test its aerial taxi ser­vice in Dal­las and Los An­ge­les by 2020 and has drawn up a short list for the first in­ter­na­tional test site that in­cludes Aus­tralia, Brazil, France, In­dia and Ja­pan. It also is con­sid­er­ing use of drones for its Uber Eats take­away meals home de­liv­ery ser­vice. ‘Uber sees a com­pelling op­por­tu­nity to bring the same ben­e­fits that ur­ban avi­a­tion will bring its ride-shar­ing busi­ness to its food-de­liv­ery busi­ness,’ it says. ‘By tak­ing to the air, Uber Eats will be able to of­fer faster, far­ther reach­ing, more af­ford­able, and more re­li­able de­liv­er­ies to more cus­tomers and restau­rants across the world.’

Uber’s pilot­less EVTOL con­cept (what could pos­si­bly go wrong – Ed)

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