Uber could start its automatic drone taxis within a decade’s time span. Then people could fly to work.
Self-driving cars? Forget about them. Pretty soon we could be having self-driving drones. Uber is looking into the use of flying drones that could take their customers and clientele wherever they like to go in the city.
Flying is the new option instead of navigating the city streets. The sky is a wide area that has been unused up until now. This technology will take a decade to perfect.
These drones would be vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. They will have wings and motors that will enable them to float in the air, take off vertically and also land in a vertical manner.
The idea behind these self-driving drones got started when the bosses at Uber decided to provide as many options to their customers as possible. It was basically a diversification of the services lent by Uber.
A three-dimensional approach to taxis was the one alternative that had not been explored yet. Yet now even that choice was being exploited.
Uber products head Jeff Holden told ReCode that they are researching the area, “so we can someday offer our customers as many options as possible to move around.” He added that “doing it in a three-dimensional way is an obvious thing to look at.”
By landing on the roofs of buildings, these drone taxis could lessen congestion and also the time wasted being stuck in heavy traffic. The technology will be ready in ten years.
This idea of a VTOL taxis is hardly new though. It has been surmised and discussed before. The US military’s DARPA announced a winner in its competition that turned out to be a VTOL-X plane.
In the past, VTOL technology has faced certain issues since to take off on the spur of the moment and then land after hovering is not an easy task.
The ability to hover is completely different from vertical take off and landing. Uber is also currently into self-driving cars. Yet the future lies wide open and it looks to be bright too.
A fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions has been tested recently. While currently they do take test passengers for a ride or two, an emergency driver is always available to take over were an emergency to occur any moment.
Uber is up against Silicon Valley in its latest quest to build self-driving cars. Driverless cars will ease matters for passengers in the future.
Yet to just imagine how much simpler things will be for future passengers of self-driven drones. They will be living a dream existence that is radically different from the traffic hassles of today.