Uber teams up with AT&T for research on 5G and air taxis, drones

Wednesday 12 June 2019 | 10:03 CET | News

AT&T and Uber will together work on 4G and 5G applications for air taxis and drones, or specifically, next-generation electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) and cargo drones. With the cooperation, Uber hopes to boost its commercial air service planned for 2023. The company hopes to then launch an aerial ridesharing service in 2023 with commercial flight operations in Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and an international city to-be-announced at Uber Elevate Summit 2019. 

The first phase of the collaboration, set to run for at least one year, will focus on assessing and enabling 4G and 5G connectivity for piloted aircraft and autonomous cargo drones operating in low-altitude airspace. Future phases may include more advanced projects such as edge computing and network slicing. 

The AT&T Foundry will lead the project on the AT&T side, contributing its expertise in radio access networks, data analysis, drones, and hardware design and optimization. Uber’s team will include Elevate experts in airspace management, ridesharing software, and flight operations and will use Uber Copter pilot operations in New York as well as AT&T and Uber’s existing collaboration testing drone delivery concepts in San Diego.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: AT&T
Countries: United States
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