Ride-sharing company Uber has announced it will work with plane manufacturers to test a network of flying cars by 2020. Partnering with aviation companies like Bell Helicopter and Embraer, the Silicon Valley startup will run trials in Dallas, Texas and the already futuristic, skyscraper capital of the world, Dubai
While the technology behind the flying taxis are as yet unclear, Uber says the vehicles will operate much like a helicopter but with minimal noise and zero emissions. In statement, Uber said the eventual goal is to “enable customers in the future to push a button and get a high-speed flight in and around cities.”
Already invested in other futuristic projects like self-driving cars, Uber envisions flying cars as the next frontier and hopes to kick off a fully-functioning flying taxi service as soon as 2023. Quite surprisingly, Uber believes the eventual service cost will be about the same as that for its ordinary cars. Watch this space.