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Fast forwarding to the future of on-demand, urban aviation

Uber is building the future of aerial ridesharing. In 2023, Uber plans to give riders the option of an affordable shared flight. Uber is working closely with federal and local policymakers to develop an aerial offering that’s safe, quiet, and environmentally conscious, and that extends the reach of existing transportation options.

We have convened leaders across industry and government—vehicle designers, manufacturers, investors, operators, infrastructure providers, policymakers, and regulators—to build this future of urban aviation and begin testing in cities as early as 2020.

Uber Air launch markets

Over the next few years, Uber will continue to work closely with key stakeholders at local, state, and national levels to create an aerial ridesharing network. Safety, environmental impact, and noise reduction are at the heart of our design principles for the Uber Elevate network. Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne will be Uber Air's first launch markets.

Aircraft partners

The Uber Elevate Network includes 8 of the world’s most innovative aircraft manufacturers. They are each developing concepts for electric VTOL (eVTOL) aircraft, built specifically for aerial ridesharing.

eVTOL common reference models

Led by Mark Moore, the NASA engineer who pioneered distributed electric propulsion (DEP), Uber’s Vehicle Engineering team has developed eVTOL common reference models (eCRMs) based on Elevate vehicle requirements. The eCRMs facilitate collaboration with our design and manufacturing partners and have been designed with a focus on technological capabilities and city and safety regulations. Requirements include 150 mph cruise speed, 60-mile sizing range, a 3-hour sprint of 25-mile trips, and capacity for one pilot and 4 riders.

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Skyports

A network of distributed Skyports is being planned to enable Uber Air operations. At scale, Skyports require all-new designs to handle an unprecedented number of takeoffs and landings. The top names in architecture, design, and engineering are devising solutions capable of handling up to 1,000 landings per hour, even within footprints as dense as an acre or 2.

  • Designed by Gensler

  • Designed by Corgan

  • Designed by BOKA Powell

  • Designed by The Beck Group

  • Designed by Humphreys & Partners Architects

  • Designed by Pickard Chilton / Arup

  • Designed by Humphreys & Partners Architects

  • Designed by Mitūn

  • Designed by SHoP LA

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