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Uber Air Offers First Look Inside Its Flying Taxi

June 12th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Advanced Transport
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Inside Look

When you hail an Uber, you never know what to expect from the interior of your ride.

In flight, though, the ride-hailing app may serve up a more consistent experience. 

Uber has been working with French aerospace company Safran to design a bespoke interior for its Uber air taxis, which it hopes to have soaring through the skies by 2023. On Tuesday, it unveiled the first full-scale mockup of one of those cabins at its Uber Elevate conference — giving us our first inside look at Uber’s vision for the future of personal air transportation.

Uber Air has unveiled the first full-scale mock-up of one of the flying taxis it hopes to have ferrying passengers across the skies by 2023.
Image Credit: Uber / Safran

Interior Motives

The sumptuous cabin features an abundance of black and white leather, with two rows of passenger seats accommodating a total of four riders. There’s room for luggage behind the second row of seats, and blue lights give the whole interior something of a party-bus vibe.

“Through the process with Uber, we had six full-scale mockups, with multiple iterations in each one, looking at the seats, liners, and window positioning,” Safran Cabin’s executive vice president Scott Savian said in a press release.

“We don’t want any excess weight or cost, but the mission also requires safety, a comfortable user experience, and a seamlessness of all the user interactions,” he continued. “So while the cabin may be minimal in some ways, it’s absolutely purpose built to the mission.”

Uber Air has unveiled the first full-scale mock-up of one of the flying taxis it hopes to have ferrying passengers across the skies by 2023.
Image Credit: Uber / Safran

READ MORE: This is what it looks like inside an Uber Air vehicle [TechCrunch]

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