Get ready to hail an Uber 'air taxi' helicopter by 2025

By Bloomberg News, February 6 2018
Get ready to hail an Uber 'air taxi' helicopter by 2025

Bell Helicopter, which has tied up with Uber to revolutionize mass transportation, expects to bring the first air-taxis under the partnership by the middle of next decade.

“Air taxi is the next way for our industry, and it’s very important for us to make sure we are among the disrupters to think about what should be transportation in the next 10-20 years,” Patrick Moulay, executive vice president for Bell's commercial helicopter sales, told Bloomberg Television in an interview Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow.

“We’re not going to see a taxi flying tomorrow, but it’s much closer than what people think.”

Uber disclosed the initial steps of its air-travel vision last year, announcing five partner companies with various specialties aimed at making the sci-fi staple affordable and common.

The initial testing is expected in 2020 in Dallas and Dubai, two car-clogged cities where aviation interests wield great influence.

In countries like Indonesia and in New York, the technology already exists, with some customers using an app to book helicopters, Moulay said. "For the air taxi, we believe that by the mid-2020s, or may be 2025, we will be there flying, we will see the first aircraft flying."

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In the meantime I'll have to make do with the Mercedes Airport Helipad to South Wharf Melbourne 4 minute service.

31 May 2017

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There's already UberCopter between Nice and Cannes (since 2015 I believe). How is this different?


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