Uber is Planning Self-Flying Drone Taxis

Uber is Planning Self-Flying Drone Taxis, by Rachel Dicker.

Uber has been pioneering self-driving technology for a while now, debuting the first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh last month.

According to technology website Recode, Uber is researching “vertical take off and landing” technology, or VTOL. The technology would allow Uber riders to beat city traffic by taking to the skies in passenger drones.

Uber head of product Jeff Holden told Recode that, unlike helicoptors, “VTOL aircraft could have multiple rotors, could have fixed wings and perhaps eventually would use batteries and be more silent.” … Amazon’s delivery drones are employing a similar technology. …

Chinese company Ehang revealed the 184, a fully-functional single-passenger drone which has a battery life of 23 minutes. The $300,000 drone may be released as early as this year. [See video]

Holden said told Recode that Uber drones could be in the air within a decade.