Expect to see flying Ubers in Dubai by 2020
It looks like flying Ubers will be a sight that we can expect to see by 2020. During a press conference in Dallas, Texas, Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden announced that the company aims to hold test flights in Dubai during the city's Expo 2020 event.
Uber Technology Inc has reportedly teamed up with leading officials from Dallas and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ensure that it gets the project off the ground in time.
Once the tests are done and the project is ready to be implemented Holden claims that Uber Elevate will initially cost AED4.85 (US$1.32) with the price eventually falling to persuade more passengers to use public transport.
Holden also revealed that the San Francisco based company has already started working with several real estate companies in Dubai and Dallas to build landing pads for the flying cars.
Speaking on the self-flying cars, Director of Product, Uber Elevate and Advanced Programs, Nikhil Goel previously told Mashable that the partnership between Uber and the RTA aims to make flying cheaper than driving.
“What’s important to Uber is that this is an affordable situation and until we get to the point where flying to work is cheaper than owning a car, it doesn't become a true replacement solution for everybody. My goal is ultimately to make sure that it is cheaper than car ownership.”
As for how Uber and the RTA intend to make flying cheaper than owning a car, Goel reveals: “In order to make the commute affordable, the vehicle is going to have to be full...so you'll almost always have four passengers.”
This means that the passengers will have to meet at a nearby “pod” where they will be flown to a pod closest to their destination. Once there, they will be driven by a self-less taxi to their specific destination.