At around 4 pm yesterday, I honcho into engagement. I descended into the cistern sitting outside my driveway( you might call it a car) and ventured out into the hellscape known as Los Angeles traffic. Over the next 90 instants, I extended 23 miles, a wander commemorated by pussyfooting additions in field, honking altercations, and perpetual foilings. My average accelerate was 15 mph, my appearance a pyrrhic victory. And there was nothing special about it.
Uber believes it has the solution, one that moving beyond summoning somebody to do the driving. Instead of driving my cistern or riding in someone else’s, I’d whip out my phone and pull out UberAIR in the company’s app. I’d foreman to the roof of the very near towering structure and move into the glinting lily-white helicopter-drone hybrid stuff awaiting there to elevate me up and over the traffic at 200 mph.
Yes, Uber wants to offer operating autoes. It exited public with this hope a bit more than a year ago, and since then the idea has only gotten more serious. It has moved administers to range some kind of service in Dallas and Dubai.
And this week, Uber announced that, come 2020, it wants to launch at least a few moving autoes in Los Angeles, with a real business service to follow a few years later.