The ridesharing service will launch in 2023 in the metropolitan areas of Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. These areas are notorious for their car-based culture where main highways have reached capacity. Flying taxis could be a solution to connect suburbs to central areas more quickly.
A test site has recently been completed ahead of the flying tests next year in Frisco, a Dallas suburb. With the flying taxis ready for testing, the launch of the “Uber Elevate Skyport Challenge” has begun. It is a design competition to develop take-off and landing structures that have never been built before. The Skyports are intended to be located at popular city locations such as concert halls and stadiums to reduce the need for a network of these structures. Ideally, parking structures, existing helipads and unused land along highways will be repurposed as Skyports.