Infamous Uber has announced its 98-page plan to create an air taxi service. To implement it, the company intends to use electric aircraft, which will revolutionize the field of passenger transportation. For example, instead of a two-hour trip in a regular taxi, an air "cab" will take only 15 minutes.
It is planned to equip special parking lots for air taxis. They will take off and land vertically. One battery charge will be enough for a 160-kilometer flight at a speed of over 240 km / h. According to the authors of the project, the first prototypes will be ready by 2021.
For the first time the idea of an air taxi appeared back in 1929 on the pages of Popular Science magazine, and now, almost 100 years later, it is close to being realized. An air taxi is a small aircraft with fixed wings that will be powered by helicopter and conventional horizontal engines.
It is assumed that at first the taxi will be manned. Subsequent, more modern models will be able to fly in autonomous mode. Each car will cost about $ 1.2 million.
As the number of ordered aircraft increases to 5, 000, their cost may gradually decrease to $ 200, 000. The working life of the vehicles is about 2000 flight hours per year. The total service life of an air taxi is 13 years. The "mileage" will be about 644 thousand km per year, and the total mileage will be about 5 million km.