Uber Elevate

Somehow this story slipped past me last October, but apparently Uber circulated a whitepaper outlining their plane to bring personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft to the masses.

The whitepaper itself is 97 pages long, but a more concise summary is on their Medium channel.

Uber outlines eleven major challenges for bringing VTOL to market at scale:

  • Certification
  • Batteries
  • Efficiency
  • Reliability
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Cost
  • Safety
  • Noise
  • Emissions
  • Infrastructure
  • Pilots

It’s a brave new world out there.

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