Dubai and Uber Begin Work on Identifying Vertiports For Flying Cabs
Following Uber’s plan for flying taxis in the Dubai, Dubai’s Road and Transport(RTA) will be working in collaboration with Uber for identification of locations which will serve as ‘Vertiports’ – take-off and landDubai’s Roads and Transport Authority and US-based Uber Technologies will start work to identify best locations for ‘VertiPorts’. Vertiports are required for take-off and landing of the flying cars, as well as charging of these electric/hybrid flying taxis.
Uber hopes to build flying cars network in Dubai by 2020 and this move is to ensure that things move at a smooth pace. The RTA and Uber will be conducting joint studies about pricing models and structures, people movement and to determine where Vertical Take-off and Landing Vehicles(VTOLs) routes need to be created within the city.
This will also help design the take-off and landing sites around the city, and hence the partnership is being deemed important keeping the goal set for 2020.
Initial figures from a conference in Dallas recently which was attended by Uber’s Chief Product Offficer Jeff Holden suggest that the flying cars could be priced around AED 4.84($1.32) for each passenger per mile, which is just about what the customers pay for UberX right now. With improvement, the price has also been slated to go below to ensure easy access to people.
With such ambitious plans, it remains to be seen if something fruitful can be born out of it and if a demonstration service for flying cabs can be launched by 2020 effectively.