Ridesharing company Uber wants to operate air taxis in congested cities as soon as technology and regulations allow, giving fledgling developers of highly automated, electric-powered, vertical-lift aircraft something they badly need—a customer. In a detailed, 86-page white paper outlining its Uber Elevate concept, released on Oct. 27, the ride-hailing company not only provides design requirements for vehicle developers, but also lays out the certification, infrastructure, airspace and ...

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