What’s next? A self-flying Uber drone taxi. Uber has been pioneering self-driving technology for a while now, debuting the first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh last month. But it seems the ride share company wants to push the envelope even further or higher, if you will.
According to technology website Recode, Uber is researching “vertical take off and landing” technology, or VTOL. The technology would allow Uber riders to beat city traffic by taking to the skies in passenger drones.
Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer at Uber Technologies, said unlike helicoptors, “VTOL aircraft could have multiple rotors, could have fixed wings and perhaps eventually would use batteries and be more silent.” The Telegraph notes that Amazon’s delivery drones are employing a similar technology.
Uber wants to offer our customers as many options as possible to move around,” Holden told Recode. Doing it in a three-dimensional way is an obvious thing to look at. It could change cities and how we work and live.
Several companies are researching self-flying drone technology. A passenger drone is being developed by Airbus and several of its subsidiaries.
Further, Chinese company Ehang revealed the 184, a fully-functional single autonomous aerial vehicle which has a battery life of 23 minutes. The $300,000 drone may be released as early as this year. Jeff Holden said that Uber drones could be in the air within a decade. The prototype is scheduled to fly at the end of 2017.
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