Embraer, Uber partner to explore VTOLs for urban commutes

Embraer has announced an agreement with Uber to explore a concept, dubbed Uber Elevate Network, that will allow the development and deployment of small electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (VTOLs) for short urban commutes, the company said.

This preliminary partnership is a project generated by the Embraer Business Innovation Center, the new initiative based in Melbourne, Florida, with outposts in Silicon Valley and Boston.

“This is a unique opportunity to complement the air transport knowledge of a visionary and revolutionary ground transport company,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer´s CEO.

Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. The company is a manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. It maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.