In October 2016, ride-hailing giant Uber gave the embryonic electric-aircraft market what it needed most—a demand signal. The transportation services company released a white paper detailing its concept for Uber Elevate, a network of vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) aircraft for urban air mobility. In Dallas on April 25-27, Uber took the next step, announcing partnerships with vehicle developers and infrastructure providers to support  electric VTOL, or eVTOL, flight ...

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