- Chana Elgin, Rare.us
The Uber Elevate Summit is live in Dallas this week through Thursday.
Uber Elevate describes its mission as “fast-forwarding to the future of on-demand, urban air transportation.”
Uber is working to take its successful ride-sharing services airborne.
The Uber Elevate Summit is offering information and working to bring awareness to the benefits of flying taxis, with car manufacturers, lawmakers and venture capitalists presenting research and preliminary plans for how to get the next phase of Uber off the ground.
The multibillion-dollar company is already detailing its aircraft capabilities – basically, quiet and capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) – and has worked up a drawing of theoretical landing pads in Dallas.
Dallas-Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter is on the short list for its first batch of possible air taxi manufacturers, and given its large-scale production capabilities and experience building the type of aircraft that Uber would like, Uber Elevate could be calling Texas home.
Here’s a video of one of Uber Elevate’s other development partners demonstrating its concept of electric-VTOL aircraft:
Government hurdles could be the biggest roadblocks to Uber Elevate taking off, but executives are hoping to begin large-scale production by 2023.