Is anyone just as scared as me? Earlier this year, Uber revealed plans to rollout what has been dubbed ‘UberAIR’ by 2023 and while it looks to the local governments for support (more on that here) it seems that the future is here sooner than we imagined. To be honest, it is hard to picture flying cars zipping around the CBD, dropping members of society rich enough to use the daily service, but after several prototypes, Porsche and Boeing have joined forces to create the real thing.
Announced via Boeing’s social media, the multinational corporation best known for it planes used by airlines across the globe has signed a nonexclusive agreement with luxury automotive specialists, Porsche, to build electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicles. It is believed these innovations will enter the growing flying taxi service, however targeted at the affluent and wealthy. The companies will “create an international team to address various aspects of urban air mobility, including analysis of the market potential for premium vehicles and possible use cases.
— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) October 10, 2019
While the conversation around the cars take place, it is still speculated that the forthcoming services allowing passengers to be flown short distances will be a very small, niche market. The infrastructure needed including landing pads and charging stations mean it will take longer for the future of commuting to reach the masses.
Nevertheless, stay tuned for further developments.