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Wired – January 14, 2020 – The Future of Commuting Is a Flying Taxi

Posted on January 14, 2020


The Future of Commuting Is a Flying Taxi

This story was produced by WIRED Brand Lab for Honeywell in September 2019

It’s the dream of anyone stuck in an endless traffic jam during rush hour: Instead of looking at a wall of brake lights from behind the steering wheel, getting into a futuristic-looking machine and flying above it all. The commute could take minutes by flying machine instead of hours of wasted time on the ground in a car.

Increasingly, that dream is becoming a reality. Starting this summer, Uber Copter began offering helicopter rides from lower Manhattan to JFK Airport for about $225 per person. Meanwhile, competitors like Blade and the Airbus-owned Voom hope to give Uber a run for its money.

Soon, however, there will be a new alternative as well: Urban Air Mobility vehicles, an airborne cross between a drone and driverless car. The pitch…

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