Uber un­veils fly­ing taxi

Chicago Sun-Times - - POLITICS CITY BEAT -

LIS­BON, Por­tu­gal — Uber un­veiled Wed­nes­day an artist’s im­pres­sion of the sleek, fu­tur­is­tic fly­ing taxi it hopes to start us­ing for de­mon­stra­tion flights in 2020.

The com­pany aims to have its first pay­ing pas­sen­gers in var­i­ous cities around the world by 2023, though the plan still faces ma­jor hur­dles.

The bat­tery- pow­ered air­craft looks like a cross be­tween a small plane and a he­li­copter. It was pre­sented at an in­ter­na­tional tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal.

The ve­hi­cle is in­tended to soar over traf­fic con­ges­tion, sharply re­duc­ing city travel times.

The scheme still faces plenty of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing cer- tifi­ca­tion of the new ve­hi­cle by au­thor­i­ties, pi­lot train­ing and con­ceiv­ing ur­ban air traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tems that pre­vent col­li­sions.

Com­muters of the fu­ture could get some re­lief from con­gested roads if Uber’s plans for fly­ing taxis work out.

| UBER TECH­NOLO­GIES VIA AP

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