Autonomous cabs might just be the beginning. To fight urban gridlock, the industry envisions self-flying drones to transport people. And they’re already preparing for takeoff.
Mitch Snyder, like many, gets annoyed by traffic jams. As CEO of helicopter manufacturer Bell, he has certain privileges when it comes to travelling. Still, on his way to the office in Fort Worth, Bell gets stuck in traffic just like everybody else. But this nuisance might just be coming to an end. At CES 2018, the aerospace company announced a partnership with Uber to produce a fully electric and autonomous helicopter for urban traffic.
Anybody can summon it – just like an Uber cab. “Once again, aviation is set to solve everyday problems, this time tackling the challenge for cities: how to transport people and goods,” Snyder said, describing a world where cab drones fly autonomously.