Los Angeles, California- home to the mega rich, the skinny latte, the most beautiful palm trees and of course, some of the world’s most hellacious traffic. As the world navigates it’s way toward our major metropolises (that’s a word, apparently), commutes are not getting better. But fear not- because Uber says it will genuinely launch flying taxis in 2020, starting in Los Angeles.
It could be said, this is the beginning of the “point to point” revolution. Much like commercial air travel, orders for the largest aircraft largely dried up, in favor of smaller aircraft which could offer more direct routes, landing at more regional locations. We’re sick of layovers, or changing subway stations, right? Uber, ferrying passengers from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica – or Burbank to Hollywood is a perfect foray into revolutionizing “the commute”, hopefully cutting down on time, hassle and…
By now- you’re already covering your eyes in fear of price. But your worries are without merit. Electric aircraft instantly bring price points down, and as technology transitions from needing pilots in the early 2020’s to driverless in the late 2020’s, Uber believes prices will rival current UberX car options on the ground. “L.A. is a model city for this in that it’s highly congested from a traffic perspective, and there’s not a great mass transit relief on the horizon,” said Uber’s Chief Product Officer, Mark Holden. The company expects to do tens of thousands of flights a day, eventually all by driverless air taxi. The future- it’s coming, like it or not.
Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...
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