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Urban Transport the Focus of Uber Summit in Dallas

By S.L. Fuller | April 21, 2017
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In a November white paper, Uber said it planned to host a meeting of the minds to discuss VTOL urban transport. That meeting is the Uber Elevate Summit, and it is slated for next week in Dallas.

From April 25 to 27, the industry has been invited to participate in an “information-packed three days.” Uber said it will talk about its own urban transport mission and encourage the acceleration of collaborative opportunities to turn the concept into reality. A wide range of speakers is scheduled to give presentations and sit on panels, discussing matters such as technology, legislation and finance. Organizations including Bell Helicopter, National Air Traffic Controllers Assn., NASA, Georgia Institute of Technology, the FAA, the U.S. military, Aurora Flight Sciences, Airbus’ A3 and others, as well as Uber, are on the agenda.

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Uber envisions eVTOL — electric vertical flight aircraft — carrying commuters through the skies in the world’s most densely populated cities. The company imagines things like “vertiports” (which would function like hangars) and “vertistops” (which would function like helipads), creating a network of stops.

“We hope to build awareness about the Elevate mission,” said Uber about its summit, “detail Uber's role in the ecosystem, identify and accelerate opportunities to collaborate within the community, and define a path toward initial urban eVTOL operation.”

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