Uber has been making the most amount of noise when it comes to the plans by tech companies about the launch of autonomous vehicles.
Uber has been making the most amount of noise when it comes to the plans by tech companies about the launch of autonomous vehicles. Uber might just pip Google, Tesla, Ford and others in this area, and now it has declared its plans for the research and development of small planes which can vertically take off and land (VTOL), in order to make short range flight travel inside cities. The fast growing cab-sharing company’s plans were shared by Jeff Holden, Uber, product head in an interview to Recode, at the Nantucket Conference.
VTOL is a helicopter-like aircraft which is able to take off, hover, and make a vertical landing. In the future, these too could possibly me made autonomous. Talking about Uber’s plans, Jeff Holden said, “so we can someday offer our customers as many options as possible to move around and doing it in a three-dimensional way is an obvious thing to look at.” Holden who formerly was with Amazon and Groupon is now aggressively associated with Uber for the self-driving rollout division. He said the actual development of such a technology is far along and ambitious since there is a lot of complexity in air travel over densely populated areas.
Although the technology research is in its nascent stage, yet Holden was compelled by the prospects that how the aircraft can land on building tops which will reduce time in commute and also there will be a reduction in traffic congestion. There are many more startups who are researching in this field and using VTOL to make air travel research. Recently Aeronautics company Airbus also revealed its plans of city based air cabs, for commuters as well as goods. Even the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been reported to be developing an aircraft called the VTOL X-Plane.
At an event called Hyperloop Pod competition awards, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had revealed his ideas by saying, “I have been thinking about the vertical takeoff and landing electric jet a bit more. I think I have something that might close. I’m quite tempted to do something about it.”