Dubai is going to be a launchpad for Uber's flying cars

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Uber is working on its flying cars from the past year.

Uber is not the only firm that wants to charge people to fly across the city and land or take-off from nearly any point.

There a more than a dozen companies working with Uber in realizing flying taxis for the future.

Uber's goal is to have the first demonstration network in place in Dubai for the 2020 World Expo in that city, and to have "full-scale operations" in Dallas by 2023.

The company says its partners in this Elevate initiative include real estate companies, aircraft manufacturers, electric vehicle charger makers and the cities of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

Uber Technologies Inc., the US developer of a flying taxi service, plans to launch flying vehicles with a pilot by 2020, the company's Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Holden, said on Thursday.

They expect that the flying taxis will be able to cut down travel time, such as between San Francisco's Marina to downtown San Jose in just 15 minutes.

"What started as a simple question - 'why can't I push a button and get a ride? - has turned, for Uber, into a passionate pursuit of the pinnacle of urban mobility." sad Jeff Holden, chief product officer, Uber. These facilities will have both takeoff and landing pads, as well as charging stations; Uber now is working with ChargePoint to develop an exclusive vehicle charger.

Announced at the company's Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday, the "Uber Elevate" initiative will see the development of vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) that will enable customers to summon on-demand, high-speed flights at the push of a button.

The ride-hailing service has recently been rocked by a number of setbacks, including detailed accusations of sexual harassment from a former female employee and a video showing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick harshly berating an Uber driver.

The Uber plan also includes partnerships for "vertiports" for the flyers to take off and land, along with changing stations for the transporters, which are expected to be mainly electric-powered.