It’s 6 p.m. in Tokyo and my flying car is late. Three years late.Back to the Future promised me flying cars (and hoverboards) by 2015. Yet here I am in 2018, standing in one of the world’s most high-tech cities and I have to walk. I don’t even get to do it in self-lacing shoes.I’m in Tokyo for Uber Elevate, Uber’s third conference outlining its plans to get flying cars off the silver screen and into our skies in as little as two years. It’s a lofty ambition, but Uber has partnered with some big names in aviation and picked up its share of NASA alumni to help it get there.The goal? UberAir. A future transport network where air travel is as easy and on-demand as Uber rides are now. As simple as “push a button, get a flight.” Sounds like science fiction? Uber is adamant it can happen. “It might be something that exists in sci-fi fantasies, but we want to make it real here,” says Uber’s head of aviation, Eric Allison. “These vehicles are past the research phase and we’re now at the point where they’ll be employed commercially.”But there are big questions that need answering. Our roads… Read full this story
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