Uber has planned to introduce electric flying taxis by 2028.
First they conquered the ground, now they want to conquer the air. Uber have signed a contract with NASA to develop software for their flying taxis.
They revealed the news at the Web Summit in Lisbon and have also announced they want to begin testing four of their uberAIR taxis in Los Angeles in 2020.
The new taxi service will be completely powered by electricity and they will be able to reach speeds of 200mph and will make what would be an 8-hour car journey in rush hour traffic possible in less than 5 minutes.
Uber’s licence was recently rejected by Transport for London, leaving users of the app in London confused and upset. Their private hire operator licence expired on September 30, however, Uber still currently operates in London because the appeal process has not fully finished.
In a statement made by Transport for London on September 22, they stated: “We have concluded Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence.”
“We consider Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”
TfL said it was because of their approach to reporting serious criminal offences, how medical certificates are obtained, how DBS checks are obtained and software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app.
After TfL made their decision, Uber were quick to launch an online petition, and emailed their customers asking them to sign it. The petition states: “If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive millions of Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport. This decision is affecting the real lives of a huge number of honest and hard-working drivers in London.”
The petition has been signed by 856,065 people and has a target of 1 million.
Uber has also not just branched out to air travel, they have also introduced sea travel.
UberBoat was implemented in the popular holiday destination, Croatia. It is available in three Croatian cities, Split Hvar and Dubrovnik.
Will Uber dominate land, sea and finally the air?