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Uber has provided details on bringing air taxi services to Melbourne. Announced earlier this year, Melbourne will be the third official city in the company’s pilot program and the first of its kind outside of the United States. Uber has begun to collect data on how people move about the city and which routes they would most likely take. This information...

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Derrick Xiong, co-founder and CMO of EHang shares his vision on the future of eVTOL and UAM. TransportUP: Where does your passion for aerospace and aviation come from and why are you particularly interested in eVTOL? Derrick Xiong: EHang was founded back in 2014 by myself and the other founder, Huazhi Hu. I had a passion to pursue a career...

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EHang AAV completed multiple flight demos in China, Austria, Qatar, Netherland, etc

By 2040, as much as $318 billion could be invested into Urban Air Mobility. The NEXA “Urban Air Mobility-Economics and Global Markets” report spans 74 cities worldwide and provides analysis of infrastructure challenges and opportunities in each market. The report uses a variety of factors including: congestion, population density, existing infrastructure, regulation, GDP, per capita income, among others to determine...

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This week, new details emerged about Uber’s plan to potentially bring 3,000 jobs to the Dallas area by 2025 (2,500 by 2023). Dallas city council members approved an economic incentive package which includes $746,000 from a tax abatement over a five year period and up to $8.6M in economic grants. Uber’s $110M investment would make Dallas the company’s largest employment...

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Summary The reasons electric aircraft make a lot of sense. The electric aircraft sector – the number of electric aircraft in development increased by roughly 50% over the past year to 170. Roland Berger: “All indications suggest that we may be on the cusp of a revolution in the aerospace and aviation industries.” Companies that are leading the electric plane...

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Singapore plans to improve its already world-class transportation system by welcoming U.S. firm Bell Helicopter and Germany’s Volocopter to introduce their products and services to the island city-state. Bell Helicopter air taxis are expected to take flight in Singapore in 2025, while Volocopter is looking to launch air taxi demonstration flights there as soon as the second half of this...

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Aeroports de Paris (ADP), Airbus and the RATP regional transport are working together to provide visitors to the 2024 Paris Olympics with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) taxis straight from the airport to tournament sites. The infrastructural planning and development involved in hosting the Olympic Games is a highly challenging logistical effort. Countries are often pressed to expand and spend money...

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Air taxi company Lilium has officially selected London to host its software engineering and development team. Lilium is a well-known aspiring air taxi company famous for developing the Lilium Jet. Although its headquarters are in Munich, Lilium recently announced its decision to build a software engineering base in London. Lilium believes this new software base will create hundreds of jobs in London...

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Uber Elevate Summit 2019: The Bullet Points

16 June 2019 || 4 min read

This week’s Uber Elevate conference in Washington D.C was a hallmark event for the entire Urban Aviation industry. With a plethora  of new announcements, Uber continues to lead the charge forward for Urban Air Mobility. Uber made several major announcements of new partnerships, designs, and technologies. Here’s what we’ve identified as the most important, all readable on TransportUP: Uber Releases...

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Uber Elevate has officially announced Melbourne, Australia as its international pilot city for Uber Air. This marks Uber’s first international pilot city, and its third city overall. In 2018, Uber Elevate announced that it would launch its pilot program in a third, international city as well as in Dallas and Los Angeles in the U.S. At the time, it gave...

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Uber Air in Melbourne

Uber Elevate unveiled this week 16 new SkyPort concepts from 8 different architecture firms. These were designed for Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. SkyPorts for Uber Elevate are not just landing pads for eVTOLs, but are designed to enable seamless transportation in major cities. As such, each SkyPort is connected with public transit, has parking and charging for Uber Jump...

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Together, Uber and AT&T have created a multi-phase plan to develop connectivity for Uber Air cargo and passenger flights. For Uber Elevate, connectivity to the internet during flight is not a luxury, but an absolute must. Unlike existing aviation infrastructure, Uber’s platform for operations and communication relies on the internet. Everything from the customer experience to instructions for pilots and...

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Uber Air and AT&T

Amazon Prime Air has just joined Wing Aviation to become the second FAA-approved drone delivery service. On the same day as this announcement, it also unveiled a new design of its drones. The latest announcement from Amazon is two-fold: Firstly, the company confirmed that it has received approval from the FAA as an operator for commercial drone deliveries, and secondly,...

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EmbraerX, Embraer’s own innovation division, recently publicly released Flight Plan 2030, a 48-page document calling for the creation and implementation of an “urban air traffic management” (UATM) system. The report presents a preliminary concept of the “design and management of low-altitude urban airspace that will allow UAM to evolve over the next decade.” Flight Plan 2030 envisions a single urban...

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Volocopter has announced a partnership  with Skyport to create the first mobile “Volo-Port” for air taxis by the end of 2019. With designs provided by Brandlab, the aim of the Volo-Port is to provide an eVTOL-exclusive landing pad for air taxi operations in cities. Construction of the first Volo-Port will be initiated in Singapore in time for public flight trials...

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