Embraer just debuted its Uber Elevate flying taxi concept

Embraer just debuted its Uber Elevate flying taxi concept

The prototype designs for the vertical takeoff and landing - VTOL - aircraft were unveiled at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles.

The overhead rendering of the concept aircraft showed a blended wing body without any visible rotors for vertical lift, a design that is much different from the lift-and-cruise concepts put forward by competitors presenting at the Uber Elevate conference, such as Embraer.

"We want to create the network around those vehicles so that regular people can take these taxis in the air for longer distances when they want to avoid traffic at affordable prices", Khosrowshahi said on CBS This Morning.

Known as eCRM-003, the latest concept showcases technology being considered by Uber and developed by partner companies. "Alphabet CEO Larry Page has made significant investments in companies working on flying cars, such as startups Kitty Hawk" Kitty Hawk and Zee Aero. While some experts predict that these challenges will ultimately be insurmountable, Uber and at least 19 other companies are pressing on with their plans to bring "flying cars" to the public.

"These vehicles will actually start out as piloted", Goel said, referring to Uber's plans for flying taxis, adding they would only be used after close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and after a thorough safety review.

"The new space act agreement broadening Uber's partnership with NASA is exciting, because it allows us to combine Uber's massive-scale engineering expertise with NASA's decades of subject matter experience across multiple domains that are key to enabling urban air mobility, starting with airspace systems", said Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer.

The prototypes look more like drones than helicopters reports CNBC.

In the CBS interview, Khosrowshahi said Uber was conducting a "top-to-bottom audit of our procedures, training, software, hardware, what our practices are".

In a press release, Uber said the number and placement of rotors will make eVTOL vehicles safer and quieter than traditional helicopters.

Khosrowshahi became the CEO of Uber in August after his predecessor, Travis Kalanick, resigned. Basically, it's a circlejerk for people to talk in highly generic terms about flying cars that always seem to be "just three years away", whether it's 2001 or 2018.

"If it's not changed right now, then I failed".

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