Helicopters, quad copters, or space-age airplanes, all the craft will have to be capable of vertical takeoff and landing, called VTOL, in order to fit into mini-airports, known as vertiports, spread around cities. And they will have to be quiet enough to take off and land near homes and offices without driving people crazy. Local, state, and federal agencies all have to get on board and convince the public that the technology is safe and not too intrusive. Dubai has already green-lit a program by Chinese drone maker EHang (unconnected to Uber) that will start sky taxi flights in July.
The likely plan in all cities is to locate vertiports on top of buildings.
Uber’s taxis will start service with fully certified commercial pilots, who may be the company’s first full-time drivers.