In the Coming decade, the very famous and efficient American ride-sharing service provider Uber, will bring a new gift for its users. Uber technologies is planning to bring into the market its own developed electric Flying Car by this decade. This would be the very first version of a taxi service in the sky, alluding all road traffic, reducing emissions and pollutions into the city and cutting commute time to a very short journey.
Uber will call this Electric Flying car- vertical take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. The chief product officer Jeff Holden, posted a white paper on the firm’s website talking about the flying car, an abbreviation of Vertical Take-off and Landing.
What Uber boasted about its plans regarding the Flying aircraft was, “rapid reliable transport between suburbs and cities, and ultimately, within cities”. People suffer heavy traffic in large cities with congested infrastructures, also people who need to commute to offices travelling large distances also face many issues in their day to day life, and this aircraft would be a bone stop solution for all such issues relieving the users from a very major trouble. Uber also revealed that almost a dozen companies are working on this project, they all are coming up with different designs and approaches out of which the best will be selected and finally turned into an outcome.
Why Uber Planning For Flying Car:
TWICE AS SAFE AS THE CARS:
The new idea the nearest competition of the Helicopter, would be much more efficient than the later. The electric aircraft, which would be quieter, cheaper and less polluting than its nearest equivalent – the helicopter. This would use autonomous technology making it much safer by “significantly reducing operator error”.
Uber also assures the public that VTOL flying cars will be twice as safe as driving a car through both autonomy and distributed electric propulsion (DEP). The use of these DEP would allow the use of fixed-wing for the aircraft VTOLs, which wouldn’t need large helicopter rotors and provide lift with greater efficiency than rotors.
However, Uber commented: “No vehicle manufacturer to date has yet demonstrated a commercially viable aircraft featuring DEP, so there is real risk here.”
CHEAPER AND MORE FEASIBLE THAN RUNNING A CAR:
This would be something very shocking for the public to accept but the fact is true that in the long run using these aircrafts will be more affordable than running a car. Uber concedes the fact that in today’s date availing the service of an aircraft or helicopter will cost us 20 times more than a car and the only reason being is low volume manufacturing. But it said that this scenario would be changing with time and said that “If VTOLs can serve the on-demand urban transit case well — quiet, fast, clean, efficient, and safe — there is a path to high production volume manufacturing (at least thousands of a specific model type built per year) which will enable VTOLs to achieve a dramatically lower per-vehicle cost. The economics of manufacturing VTOLs will become more akin to automobiles than aircraft.”
It admitted that in the initial days of its launch the services of VTOL vehicles are likely to be very expensive but since the ride sharing model makes the vehicle cost very compensating and quickly reduces vehicle cost, “the high cost should not end up being prohibitive to getting started”. “Once the ridesharing service commences, a positive feedback loop should ensure that ultimately reduces costs and thus prices for all users, i.e. as the total number of users’ increases, the utilisation of the aircraft increases,”
Uber knows this very well that it would have to face a lot of challenges in making these VTOL vehicles viable and feasible for the public. The very first of which is the troubles it will face in certification process for new aircraft concepts and later the use of reaching the best and the most efficient battery technology for electric transport and air traffic control.
The last but not the least in fact the major concern of the the project would be operational barrier for deploying a VTOL fleet is a lack of sufficient locations for landing pads, said Uber.
The company described the vision as “ambitious” but believes “it is achievable in the coming decade if all the key actors in the VTOL ecosystem — regulators, vehicle designers, communities, cities, and network operators — collaborate effectively”.