Uber unveils flying taxi
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