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The secretive eVTOL startup Joby Aviation has signed on as a vehicle partner for Uber’s Elevate initiative — becoming the first such partner committed to deploying air taxi services by 2023.
Uber and Joby announced the multi-year commercial partnership on Dec. 20. Under the agreement, Joby will supply and operate electric air taxis, while Uber will provide airspace support services, skyport infrastructure, connections to ground transportation, and customer interfaces through an aerial rideshare network.
Uber has named Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne, Australia as launch cities for the Uber Elevate initiative, which aims to provide short-distance ridesharing flights in densely populated urban areas using fleets of four-person, piloted electric aircraft.
“We’re excited to partner with Uber,” stated Joby Aviation CEO JoeBen Bevirt. “By bringing our next-generation aircraft and urban flight operations to Uber’s on-demand ground mobility network, we aim to get people to their destinations five times faster than driving, reduce urban congestion, and accelerate the shift to sustainable modes of transit.”
Uber head of Elevate Eric Allison described Joby as “a real technology leader” and said, “With this partnership, we are excited to take the next step in bringing our on-demand aerial ridesharing service to life.”
Air taxies will be very helpful in hilly areas to go from one hill to another flying directly.
So cool! Can’t wait to see the final Joby/Uber project in 2023!
Please make safety a priority prior to start up! Very very very important for others designing and Producing aircraft!
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