Embraer, known for its airliners and business jets, appears to be exploring a partnership with Uber. The concept, called Uber Elevate Network, envisions the use of small, electrically powered vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) vehicles to shuttle passengers for short distances around metropolitan areas. The agreement between Embraer and Uber was announced April 25 at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas.
Embraer has yet to enter into the project’s design definition phase, has released no illustrations, and has not generated any mockups. Even so, Embraer’s Vice President for Corporate Innovation Antonio Campello sounded bullish, albeit vague, when he said that “Embraer’s leadership roles in commercial and business aviation were attained through the introduction of disruptive aircraft and services, and we are confident that our DNA will add value to new concepts in urban transportation as well.”