Electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, coupled with advanced autonomous systems, are shaping the future of passenger transportation. These technologies will define daily commuting experience to be more sustainable, clean, and safe. If there’s one problem autonomous EVs aren’t excepted from just yet, however, it’ll be heavy traffic.
No matter how clean and safe your car is, if you find yourself in a traffic jam, well…you’re stuck — unless your car can fly or you’re traveling underground. Luckily, there are some that want to do just that.
Everyone wants a flying car, ever since The Jetsons showed us that it’s an ideal mode of transportation for the family. Flying cars are no longer just in the realm of science fiction, though. A number of companies have been working on their versions of flying cars, and ride-hailing company Uber is only one of them.
Uber wants to employ a network of flying taxis in Dallas, Texas and Dubai, UAE by 2020. This Uber Elevate project would use vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles to ferry passengers. German startup Volocopter is also working with Dubai city officials for a similar project, with a test-run slated later this year.