When Uber unveiled its long-term vision for aerial ridesharing at the Elevate Summit in Los Angeles in May, its soaring ambition provoked skeptical reactions even from the most avid advocates of urban air mobility (UAM). Animations showed hundreds of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) air taxis plying dedicated urban skylanes and flowing through purpose-designed skyports, connecting thousands of passengers per hour with Uber’s ground network of self-driving cars. It is a ...

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