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Uber has released more information about its concept fleet of flying taxis the company started talking about last year.

Wired reports the rideshare company has given some idea of the flying vehicle they’re hoping will ease transport congestion by moving some traffic to the skies.

The concept ‘Common Reference Model’ for these sky taxis will seat four passengers with one pilot in single file on a slender electric powered plane.

Two sets of wing-like supports branch out either side and are joined by battery pods midway with sit stacked rotors held furthest from the main body.

The tail end features a forward facing propeller for horizontal flight and the vehicle will only have one door and large windows.

Uber believes the proposed vehicles would need only five minutes to top up the battery and travel 60 miles on a single charge at speeds between 150 and 200 miles an hour up to 2,000 feet above the ground.

Of course Uber won’t be manufacturing fleets of these vehicles and instead wants to remain a rideshare company, connecting the service to passengers.

Instead, the ‘Common Reference Model’ is to act as the reference point for the kind of vehicle Uber thinks can work in this niche space somewhere between cars and more traditional air travel.

“These concepts are neutral ground that Uber has put together, so we can share insights with all of our partners” says Rob McDonald, Uber’s head of vehicle engineering.

Uber has brought the model to it’s Uber Elevate summit in LA this week, in the hopes of engaging some of the 700 industry, government, and academic individuals who may help make the flying taxi fleet a reality.

Uber’s other big initiative into self-driving cars has hit a roadblock after a fatality last month which could put the breaks on their partnership to work with Nvidia.

Hope Corrigan is an Australian freelance writer for IGN. You can follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Twitch.


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