What happens when America’s international transportation network company, Uber, and the France-based manufacturer of civil aircraft, Air Bus, come together? We get an ‘Air Cab’ – or something quite like that.
Technology has not yet figured a way to create flying cars but this collaboration with Uber and Airbus is here to bring us something similar. This innovation will allow Uber users to hail helicopters, with Airbus being the provider of the choppers.
This isn’t the first time Uber is venturing into airborne services. It has offered services called the UberChopper in Manhattan, Hampton, Cannes Film Festival and Bonnarro Music and Arts Festival. Those however, were temporary services. Uber seems to be more serious with this new partnership, seeing it as a more permanent option.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said “It’s a pilot project, we’ll see where it goes — but it’s pretty exciting.” This partnership, if fortuitous, could get Airbus out of it’s sales slump. This also meets Uber’s goals of expanding into other types of transportation.
Africa has not been exempt from Uber’s International expansion. South Africa and Nigeria have benefited from the real-time taxi services that is Uber. We can only wonder what this new innovation will mean in Africa if successful in America. For one, we can tell that it will solve traffic congestion problems especially in Lagos and Capetown — two of Africa’s cities with the most Traffic problem.
Also, there has been no news about how much a chopper ride will cost, but knowing Uber, the prices are bound to be exorbitant.
The service will debut at the Sundance Film festival. Two Airbus models; the H125 and the H130, will convey passengers to the festival happening in Utah later this month.