Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5y/5yw38jtcgflfxodj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;
According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The selected firms and proposals are:

↑ Gannett
"The Paw"
↑ Pickard Chilton and Arup: "Sky Tower"
↑ Corgan: "Connect"
↑ The Beck Group: "The Hive"
↑ BOKA Powell: "Skyport Prototype" (Cover picture) Humphreys & Partners: "Uber Hover" Watch the archived live stream of the entire Uber Elevate Summit design presentation here.

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Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5y/5yw38jtcgflfxodj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;
According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The selected firms and proposals are:
↑ Gannett
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