Uber has announced it is bringing a fleet of flying ride-shares to Los Angeles in 2020 as part of its new UberAir program. “We’re trying to work with cities in the early days who are interested in partnering to make it happen, while knowing that there will be pitfalls along the way,” Uber’s chief product officer Jeff Holden tells The Los Angeles Times. “L.A. is a model city for this in that it’s highly congested from a traffic perspective, and there’s not a great mass transit relief on the horizon.”
The ride-share company envisions UberAir as a commuter option, with fares comparable to taking an UberX car ride. The aircraft will be supplied and piloted by aviation manufacturers such as Embraer, Bell Helicopter, Pipistrel, Aurora Flight Sciences, and Mooney Aviation.