LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To make Uber's flying taxi service UberAIR a reality, it will need the landing pads what Uber is calling "Skyports."
At the ride-hailing company's second annual Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, Uber's partnering architecture and design firms showed their winning designs of what these "Skyports" could look like.
The first design is called the Mega Skyport, designed by design and architecture firm Corgan. The idea is to make the platform can easily adapt its parts anywhere. The system has a skyport that could be added to open spaces like parking garages or the roof of skyscrapers.
It is said that each skyport could carry 1,000 landings per hour. Corgan imagines the system could also be used for events like concerts, art festivals, and gardens.
Pickard Chilton and Arup took the idea of "elevate" with their design. It is said the design design would be able to handle 180 landings and takeoffs per hour, per module.
Boka Powell's approach is said to be able to accommodate 1,000 VTOLs and landing and take-off in three minutes, the facility is said to be able to adjust for wind change.
Gannett Fleming's design could support up to 52 eVTOLs per hour, per module, and it hopes to facilitate more than 600 vehicles and 4,000 people per hour by 2028.
The beehive design from Humphreys & Partners would be able to handle 900 passengers per level and hour.
The Beck Group's design concept would be able to accommodate 150 take-offs and landings per hour and can be scaled to up to 1,000 trips per hour.