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Get your Korben-Dallas-Multipass ready: Uber promises flying taxis by 2020

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Get your Korben-Dallas-Multipass ready: Ride-sharing giant Uber is now promising flying taxis by the year 2020. According to our calendar, that's fewer than three years away, and even at this early stage we suspect that the the flying taxis probably won't look like the '60s American cars previewed in the Luc Besson classic "The Fifth Element." But let's face it: Land-based self-driving cars are soo last season.

Uber has partnered with aviation giants Bell, Embraer, Pipistrel, Aurora and Mooney to develop small multi-prop VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft that will be piloted by the company's own professional employees (for once), rather than independent contractors working in the fun new gig economy. The Uber Elevate vehicles will be able to carry a small number of passengers between relatively short preset routes. The first point-to-point routes will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and around Dubai. Uber has announced a partnership with a real estate firm to create the "vertipads" for its small VTOL craft.

Get your Korben-Dallas-Multipass ready: Uber promises flying taxis by 2020

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