From the very beginning, Uber focused on unconventional ideas in the field of urban transport, and one of them was certainly autonomous flying taxis. During last year's CES fair, we could even see the design of these vehicles, prepared for the company by the Bell brand, which later underwent several significant modifications.
What's more, the next Las Vegas fair brought information about a new collaboration, namely with the South Korean automotive giant Hyundai, which developed a flying electric taxi S-A1 for Uber. It was this company that became the first official partner of the Uber Elevate initiative, i.e. Uber's grand plan assuming a complete transformation of urban transport.
Until today, there were many indications that everything was going according to plan and in some time we will be able to save time using these flying taxis. Meanwhile, we are just learning that Uber is in advanced talks with Joby Aviation to sell its flying taxi division. A spokesman for Uber is currently refusing to officially comment on the matter, but many sources indicate that the deal could be signed in the coming weeks.
It is worth emphasizing that Joby Aviation does not appear here by accident, because it was so far one of Uber's partners in the field of flying taxi services, thanks to which the service was to start in 2023. As you can see, the plans have changed and it cannot be denied that the main culprit may be Covid-19, because the coronavirus pandemic has verified the plans of many companies, prompting them to focus on a certain profit and reduce spending where possible.
In the case of Uber, these are apparently flying taxis, and the company may have decided it was better to invest in something that is already working and generating real income. Subsequent information, suggesting that Uber is also planning to sell the autonomous car department, is therefore not a surprise in Film Fun Box context.