Yes, you read the title correctly. The transportation company Uber, based in San Francisco, has recently revealed a new project in their three-day conference “Uber Elevate” in Dallas in the previous month, stating that residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Dubai can be able to spot Uber flying cars in their skies. According the Jeff Holden, Chief Product Producer at Uber, this futuristic project can be something soon to be completed.
However exciting this may be, there are still two hurdles that remain to be removed for Uber to proceed with their flight project: testing and product safety. Once these hurdles are removed, just how will Uber be able to have flying cars in the sky in the next three years?
A New Air Service
Uber announced their flying project to be completed with the new service “UberAir”, which will work just like using regular passenger cars. Through UberAir, the user would simply select the air service to be taken to their destination’s nearest “skyport”, where they would go into a multi-shared aircraft. This project, according to recent research, can potentially cut travel time in cities with heavy traffic, such as San Francisco, from nearly two hours to just fifteen minutes at a speed between 100 and 150 miles per hours - in the air.
As the next section will demonstrate, Uber is neither designing nor creating the flying cars themselves, but instead are partnering with companies that specialize in aircraft development.
Business and International Partnerships
As previously mentioned, there is a list of potential companies that Uber plans to work alongside with in order to get their air service up in the air and running. There are five companies that Uber has signed contract agreements with, and these companies specialize in not only aircraft with the ability to take off and land vertically, but are fully electric. These companies are:
- Aurora Flight Sciences (a company backed by the Pentagon),
- Pipistrel (who specializes in electric planes),
- Bell Helicopter,
- Embraer, and
Dubai - one of the wealthiest countries in the Middle East - is known to taking on futuristic projects, which is why the oil-rich country is excited for the international project with Uber. This exciting project comes right on time as the country is expanding its high-rise building platforms, extravagent architecture, and other commodities.
Also, Texas welcomed the initiative and partnered with Uber to start Uber’s flying car project in the United States. Mayor Betsy Price of Fort Worth expressed that the city is an ideal partner for the project, but the regulatory and federal hurdles that the transportation company still has to face will be up to Uber, not the city. However, Mayor Price is enthusiastic about the program and its futuristic goals for city transportation.
Can Personal Injury Claims be Made Against Uber’s Flying Cars?
This is an important question, and one that is worth discussing. Personal injury claims have been traditionally made in cases where bodily injury has been generated from car accidents, dog bites, or any other personal injury accidents. In regards to cases involving people being injured in a flying car accident, it would still be considered personal injury, regardless if the accident occurred on land, water, or air.
It is important to note, however, that due to the new technology, the personal injury claims will be handled possibly with different approaches. For example, the fact that the flying cars that Uber will use are not designed by Uber can easily make a flying car accident a multi-party claim. For example, if there is a crash that occurred during flight and a person becomes injured, the possible liable parties could be the Uber driver, the aircraft manufacturer, and the other aircraft that caused the accident. Again, because this is a new type of service that has never been seen before and that will not be seen in full scale until it is formally cleared of its regulations in the years to come, there is still much to be learned, both in the legal aspect of the accident and the safety aspect.
Nevertheless, once the air is populated with air transportation services, whether by Uber or other air transportation companies, the field of personal injury will be prepared to tackle any legal problem that may be involved with the accident. For example, typical legal hurdles that personal injury attorneys and their legal team occasionally face in traditional car accidents is dealing with the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Insurance companies will likely adapt to short-term travel by air, and definitely design clauses to protect Uber (or another air service) from receiving liability.
Hurt in an Air Accident?
While UberAir is still a project under development, it is still possible for people to be injured in air transportation, such as in airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. If you or a loved one has been injured while being transported via air, you have rights. There may be compensation available to cover for medical bills, lost wages (as a result of the injuries), pain and suffering (both physical and emotional), and the loss of the ability to work.If you have any questions regarding personal injury resulting from an accident in the air, or if you have any question regarding personal injury, contact the Anderson Law Firm today at 817-290-1900 where a fully-staffed team of attorneys and legal professionals are more than ready to answer any of your questions. Remember, you do not have to be stuck paying for medical bills for an accident that was caused by someone else. You have rights!