Listen Now: Uber To Launch Flying Taxis By 2023
For the first time we’re getting a look at the future of flying cars, and it’s pretty sleek.
This week Uber held its annual Elevate conference about its flying taxi technology. And for the first time the company is giving people a look at the inside of the cabin.
From the get-go the company’s idea of a flying taxi looked like a drone had a baby with a helicopter. Now it looks like the inside of the taxi is designed after a helicopter as well. There are four passenger seats, arranged two-by-two. Behind the second row is space for storing luggage. And that’s about it, besides some blue lighting and bright blue seat belts; there is plenty of legroom.
Uber says it plans to use these aircraft for short rides much like people would use an actual taxi. The company plans to start its own test flights next year and will launch some version of the service in 2023, starting in Dallas and Los Angeles.
The company also plans to offer rides from lower manhattan to JFK airport. Looks like the future is here.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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