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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Skyport

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

EmbraerX and Pipistrel have both released images and specifications of their new eVTOL designs, both of which have competitive performance standards preparing to meet the needs for urban aviation. Embraer has over 50 years of experience in making private jets, and is now turning to eVTOLs as the fulfillment of its dream of regional flight. Its newly unveiled eVTOL is...

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Pipistrel

Elusive company Jaunt Air Mobility has been named as a new eVTOL partner for the future Uber Air network. The Jaunt Air Mobility eVTOL has a unique design in that it features only one large single lift rotor, making it a combination between a helicopter and and a small airplane. Jaunt Air Mobility calls this technology ‘ROSA’-an acronym for “Reduced...

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Honeywell has released a new compact fly-by-wire system, about the size of a small book, as their newest development for the UAM industry. Fundamentally, Honeywell’s fly-by-wire system performs the same job as any other one: it connects an aircraft’s manual flight controls to a intuitive electronic interface, interpreting and executing the commands inputted by the pilot. It also provides stability...

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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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Uber Copter Joins in on NYC UAM Offerings

08 June 2019 || 3 min read

Beginning on July 9, Uber Copter plans to supplement BLADE’s continuous helicopter service between NYC and JFK with its own urban air mobility initiative. Uber’s newest service plans to provide passengers with on-demand flights between Lower Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport. In contrast to BLADE’s service, Uber will initially offer their service only to Platinum or Diamond members of Uber Rewards, the...

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This article originally featured on Diamandis.com. Read the full article here. The Future of Disruptive Real Estate and Construction Holds a Place for Urban Air Mobility Today, the value of a location is a function of its proximity to your workplace, your city’s central business district, the best schools, or your closest friends. But what happens when driverless cars desensitize...

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Diamandis Tech Blog

Honeywell has signed an agreement with yet another urban air mobility company. This time, it’s with the UK’s Vertical Aerospace, which has an eVTOL currently in flight testing. The Vertical Aerospace eVTOL has one of the sleekest designs on the market, comparable to the Bell Nexus Air Taxi or the Lilium Jet. Based out of the United Kingdom, Vertical Aerospace...

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Honeywell and Vertical Aerospace

Leonardo Helicopters is building a civilian version of the V-22 Osprey. Unlike the military version, the AW609 has a pressurized cabin, allowing it to fly at heights up to 25,000 feet, and comes with a luxury interior. The Leonardo AW609 is the one of the world’s first private tilt-rotor aircraft, built for a number of possible applications from search and...

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Leonardo Helicopters AW609

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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Uber has submitted an application to the FAA to begin drone deliveries in San Diego.  The application is for permission to conduct commercial flights under 400ft within a specified 4-mile radius. Learn more: Major transportation company Uber has filed for permission to complete commercial flights using unmanned aerial systems (drones) in the urban area of San Diego, California. The applications...

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Uber Drone Deliveries

Last Wednesday, Alaka’i Technologies unveiled the first ever hydrogen fuel cell eVTOL. Designed in collaboration with BMW Designworks, the aircraft is soon to enter flight testing. The Skai eVTOL focuses on simplicity. According to Alaka’i, keeping the design simple speeds up both certification and production, and raises safety standards. The Alaka’i team has goals of 1,000lbs payload, a 400 mile...

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Skai eVTOL by Alaka'i Technologies

The Canadian startup Corliois g has demonstrated a novel design solution to achieve the maneuverability and vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities of a traditional quadcopter with the efficiency of a traditional winged aircraft. The Vogi 1 is touted as a “passively coupled VTOL tiltrotor” which means it is able to transition from vertical flight or hovering to winged horizontal...

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Bosch’s Senior Manager of UAM Marcus Parentis’ opinion on the feasibility of flying cars is optimistic. Referencing the aesthetically impressive Spinners from the movie, “Blade Runner 2049”, Parentis believes that while real flying cars may not resemble the Spinner at all, it is very likely that we will see the first flying taxis by the early 2020s. Specifically mentioning eVTOLs,...

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