Uber is using CES 2019 to showcase its vision for a future of on-demand air travel, and it plans to roll out air taxis, which appear to be a cross between a helicopter and a giant drone, by 2023. Designed by Textron’s Bell division, the Bell Nexus is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system in a bid for more efficient air travel. The Uber Air service will begin in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as Los Angeles in about four years, with an international market that has yet to be announced. Read more for another video from the CES 2019 show floor, pictures and additional information.
Anthony Levandowski, a former Google and Uber engineer, has completed what he claims is the first US coast-to-coast drive completed entirely by self-driving technology. The 3,099 mile journey between San Francisco and New York was made in October, with him only taking charge of his vehicle to refuel and stop overnight. “I’ve admittedly grown frustrated – and at times impatient – with the industry’s inability to deliver on its promises,” said Levandowski. Read more for a time-lapse video of his journey and additional information.
The Lilium Jet Air Taxi could hit the skies before its previously announced launch of 2025, as it has already completed its maiden flight tests. This was originally planned to be sold as a private aircraft, but this all-electric VTOL aircraft is now designed for Uber-like air taxi services. Read more for another video and additional information.