Tap a button on your smartphone and ride-sharing giant Uber will have a vehicle waiting at your door within a matter of minutes. But in the near future, Uber officials revealed during a Dallas summit meeting on Tuesday, the ride they send your way soon might have wings.
Flying cars have long been the stuff of science fiction, though it’s a fantasy that confounded even Henry Ford, a pioneer of both the automotive and aerospace industries. But now, the idea seems poised to take off.
Uber is just one of a number of companies looking into the potential for flying taxi services, along with start-ups like Munich’s Lilium and aerospace giant Airbus. Meanwhile, after years of delays and setbacks, a handful of firms have announced plans to begin taking orders on vehicles that can operate on both the ground and in the air.