Uber Air Taxi Drones, Flying Soon in Dallas and Los Angeles, United States

This news makes me wish that Uber was still active in South East Asia. I mean, this is ground-breaking.

Earlier today - May 8, 2018, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi talked to CBS News and disclosed the company's plans to start trials for Uber Air Taxi come 2020.

This innovative public transport program will allow riders to skip the hassles of on-land travel and to take to sky their via drones, effectively minimizing travel time.

Uber Air Taxi

According to Khosrowshahi, the drones - which will eventually be driverless - will be able to hold four riders each to lower the cost for passengers.

As for the safety of the flyers, Uber is currently working with NASA to develop technology to control air traffic and prevent crashes.

To book a ride, the user will have to hail it via Uber app then proceed to a nearby Uber Air facility to hop on the vehicle and fly.

Uber plans to launch this service initially in Dallas and Los Angeles. (source)

Here in the Philippines, Grab - which recently acquired Uber in our country and in other key markets in Asia - launched a similar program in 2015, making use of helicopters instead of drones.

GrabHeli, which appears to have been discontinued as it no longer appears in the official Grab app, costed PHP 3,888 or around $75 USD per person each ride from one Grab Helipad (located in Pasay, Makati, and BGC) to another. 

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