December 18, 2017
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Ride-sharing service Uber unveils plans for flying taxi

The Associated Press
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Ride-hailing service Uber announced plans for a flying taxi on Wednesday that could provide relief from road congestion for the commuters of the future.

The company unveiled an artist’s impression of the sleek, futuristic machine it hopes to start using for demonstration flights in 2020 and deploy for ride-sharing by 2028.

The battery-powered aircraft looks like a cross between a small plane and a helicopter, with fixed wings and rotors.

It was presented at a technology conference last week in Lisbon, Portugal.

The vehicle is intended to soar over traffic congestion, sharply reducing city travel times.

Uber hopes it will eventually cost commuters less than using their own car.

The company hopes for the flying taxis to be operational in Los Angeles by 2020.

The scheme still faces plenty of challenges, though, including certification of the new vehicle by authorities, pilot training and conceiving urban air traffic management systems.


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