Source – A full-scale mock-up, dubbed the S-A1, is making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The electrically powered PAV, or “personal air vehicle,” will have the capability of carrying up to four passengers on trips of up to 60 miles at speeds reaching 180 mph, the partners said Monday. Uber Elevate is planning to begin demonstration flights this year. The ride-sharing giant hopes to launch commercial service in 2023, with operations initially set to debut in Dallas, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. The company anticipates the roughly 50-mile trip from the Marina district near Uber headquarters in San Francisco to downtown San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, would take about 15 minutes. The same trip can take more than 2 hours by car, depending upon traffic.￼
This is awesome and inevitable in my mind. Honestly I’m surprised it’s taken so long to get off the ground (sorry if that went over your head (damn I’m good)). However is the juice worth the squeeze? Where would we even land these things? Will they be offered in all parts of the country or just major cities? So many questions that will need to be answered. I don’t live in LA so I have no idea what their traffic is like. However I have pounded my fist on many of steering wheel to know that sitting in my car instead of arriving to my destination in a timely matter drives me batshit crazy. So I’m down for any solution that will solve this problem.
Let’s get down to brass tacts. Do I think it would be awesome to impress a date with a magic drone ride? Yes. Do I think the clutter of air traffic will cause crashes where people will undoubtably lose their lives? Yeah, sure. Listen in order to make an omelette you have to crack a few eggs. I’m interested to see how much these rides are going to cost me. If I had to guess I would say at least $200. Which honestly is modest when you consider your in a flying fucking taxi. With my luck I’d be the first person to die but I’m willing to try it out. As long as the pilot doesn’t talk to me, I’m good.