8 May 2017 || 2 min read

In October of 2016, Uber released a 98-page outline of its vision for the future of urban mobility. This future combines surface street transportation with lightweight Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft (VTOLs). The paper describes not only Uber’s idea of what future mobility will look like, but also articulates Uber’s strategy for the introduction of this technology into the market, barriers to market entry and how to overcome them, and possible future benefits of aircraft autonomy. The whitepaper, along with the accompanying summit event Uber Elevate hosted in April, does a great deal to kickstart the industry, gaining the interest and involvement of many stakeholders from aircraft designers and manufacturers to city governments and airspace management software creators. Go to this link to access the full white paper:


The Whitepaper outline:

  • Introduction to the market

    • Possible initial routes
    • Statistical description of demand for VTOL transportation
    • Evaluation of various cities for potential market entry
  • Barries to Market Entry

    • Cost Efficiency (Vehicle Costs, Operation Costs, Infrastructure)
    • Community Acceptance (Vehicle Safety, Noise, Emissions
    • Certification (types and requirements)
  • Future Benefits of Autonomy

    • Effects on Operation and Passenger Costs
    •  Safety and Reliability
  • Next Steps

    • Collaboration of Stakeholders (Uber Elevate Summit)




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