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Uber and GE announced a new partnership Wednesday to transform the world through aerial ride-sharing on a large scale, as the aviation industry is reimagined for the post-pandemic era.
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Uber Elevate selected GE Aviation’s Digital Group as an ecosystem partner for their aerial ride-sharing program, which will develop requirements for a flight data monitoring program to support electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles on the Uber platform.
The initial launch of its Uber Air service is planned for 2023 utilizing electric VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in Dallas and Los Angeles.
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“This partnership will help expand our digital innovation as the travel industry continues to evolve,” said Andrew Coleman, general manager of GE Aviation’s Digital Group, in a statement. "We’re able to bring our experience in digital across the travel ecosystem by helping travelers reach their destination safely and efficiently.”
“Safety is a core value for Uber Elevate – we are voluntarily implementing a safety management system and developing voluntary programs that have yielded proven safety benefits for the aviation industry,” said John Illson, head of aviation safety with Uber Elevate.
The partnership comes as the airline industry continues to be rocked by the pandemic. Air travel is at a fraction of normal levels due to restrictions and travelers have avoided booking flights to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Major airlines have been forced to lay off employees to survive the economic downturn.
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