In November 2017, it was announced that Uber and NASA become partners in the development of a pilot project of a flying taxi.
It is expected that the service called Uber will Elevate the base rate of the similarity Uber “X”, creating a new ecosystem of carriage of passengers and journeys.
First, the idea of flying cars and traffic drones seems incredible. But in fact, the first flight of a manned drone had already successfully taken place. In may 2017, a California company Passenger Drone conducted a test of an aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing, which can physically and remotely manage the pilot. In August of 2017 held its first controlled flights.
The US government also understands what impact will have the use of drones and aircraft. Just learned that the President of the United States Donald trump signed a law requiring that all drones are subject to mandatory registration in the Federal aviation administration of the United States. A few weeks ago in Europe to adopt a similar rule of the registration of drones. Previously the total number of registered U.S. drones exceeded 800,000. According to forecasts, by 2020 the world will be used more than 7 million drones.
Such activity brings to the forefront the issues of air safety and best practices for future regulation of air routes, for both commercial and personal use. Innovative blockchain-companies enjoy the chance to fill this niche, since a security Protocol, and to markets for future flights.
For example, the Blockchain Taxi company, partner of Passenger Drone, took the initiative to use all of the data about flights of Passenger Drone to create a Protocol based on blockchain technology. By combining years of data about flights, Taxi company Blockchain wants to create ecosystem of smart contracts that regulators and businesses can use to improve transportation safety on drones and flying taxi.
Another company in the field of space transportation — McFly — estimated project costs of flying a passenger drones in comparison with the rental of a private jet or Uber. It turned out that a minute flight with Uber Elevate will have to pay about 8 dollars, and for the standard helicopter flight — $ 50.
Previously, the patent and trademark office published a patent titled “unmanned aerial transportation to a safe place.” It describes the possibility of using the Wal-Mart blockchain-technologies for the automation of postal logistics drones. According to the plan, the blockchain technology can be used to confirm the identity, track parcels in real time and record all critical information in a secure record book.
However, not all the blockchain startups in this field have bright prospects. Thus, the company is a pioneer AERO Token was heavily criticized from Smith & Crown, the rating agencies ICO, for “lack of financial attractiveness for investors”. Problems associated with this include the Economics of infrastructure for flying drones, and the legal caveats related to different interpretation of laws.
Despite the difficulties, we can already safely assume that the flights on manned drones and flying taxi will sooner or later become part of the culture of passenger traffic. In the Central parts of cities there are many problems that can be solved using commercial and passenger drones, whether emergency evacuation or logistics.