Uber in the Air

This might just be what you’ll be us­ing to com­mute to work in the near fu­ture.

Jetgala - - CONTENTS - by Jim Si­mon

What do you get if you com­bine the best fea­tures of a he­li­copter, a drone, electric propul­son, and an Uber-like trans­porta­tion ser­vice?

A new startup com­pany named Em­braerX be­lieves that they have the an­swer: a to-be-named eVTOL con­cept, re­cently in­tro­duced at Uber El­e­vate 2018 in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. The eVTOL (vertical take­off and land­ing) con­cept is en­vi­sioned as an ur­ban, air-based Uber ser­vice to com­ple­ment Uber’s tra­di­tional ground-based ser­vice.

The eVTOL con­cept would op­er­ate from ur­ban he­li­pads or sub­ur­ban open spa­ces, sim­i­lar to a he­li­copter. How­ever, it would de­rive its fly­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties from eight top-mounted pro­pel­lers (plus a rear­mounted pro­pel­ler) that are large fac­sim­i­les of drone pro­pel­lers, which would be pow­ered by an electric mo­tor to min­imise noise and pol­lu­tion.

If Em­braerX sounds fa­mil­iar, it is be­cause it is re­lated to Em­braer, the Brazil­ian air­craft man­u­fac­turer known for their busi­ness jets and com­mer­cial air­craft. Em­braerX is a U.S. sub­sidiary ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing dis­rup­tive so­lu­tions to age-old trans­porta­tion prob­lems. The com­pany worked with po­ten­tial cus­tomers to de­velop the eVTOL con­cept around the re­quire­ments for safety, pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence, af­ford­abil­ity, and low noise and emis­sion foot­print.

“We are de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions to bring on-de­mand air trans­porta­tion to ur­ban ar­eas to im­prove qual­ity of life for mil­lions of peo­ple. Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with key stake­hold­ers will ac­cel­er­ate the ar­rival of this new ecosys­tem,” said An­to­nio Cam­pello, Pres­i­dent & CEO of Em­braerX.

Per­haps one day in the not-so-dis­tant fu­ture, when or­der­ing up an Uber, you will see a new op­tion to get from your ori­gin to your des­ti­na­tion via eVTOL. If you en­joy the ride, be sure to rate it five stars.

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