Flying Uber taxis are coming to Frisco. Or more accurately, the first test site for Uber’s new flying taxi concept is coming to Frisco Station where a helipad was just built for the Jetson-esque venture.
Uber Elevate is planting its first test site right next to Dallas Cowboys Headquarters (The Star) and Dallas North Tollway. Test runs are set to begin next year and the helipad is larger than most so that it can “handle more than a regular helicopter.” Spaceships?
Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney tells WFAA that it is the city’s “master plan to be a permanent location when it actually opens to the public.” He also says that it’ll only take about seven minutes to get from Frisco to DFW Airport using the flying taxis.
Another new Uber venture set to hit the streets of downtown in November are self-driving cars. Testing has already begun in San Francisco, Toronto and Pittsburgh. Are Dallas or Houston the next obvious choices since they have tons of traffic, constant construction and several blocked off sidewalks downtown? Why not throw in some robot cars?
This news also comes at a time when Uber just announced that it is bringing its newest hub to Deep Ellum at The Epic. It seems that Dallas is becoming the Uber capital of the nation, well besides the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. Anyway, the new office is set to bring 3,000 new jobs to downtown with average salaries of $100,000.
Remember the good old days when Uber was just a rideshare service where you got in the car with a stranger and trusted them to get you to your destination? Those days are gone. Uber is taking over the world, land and sky.
For more on what Uber is thinking of with its flying taxis check out WFAA’s video: