Uber Air?

The Bell Nexus concept vehicle is shown at the Uber Elevate Summit on June 12, 2019, in Washington, DC, ... [+] AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

"Uber’s data scientists are hustling to create simulated air mobility systems for specific cities ahead of the 2023 launch of Uber Air.

The company has said it will roll out the service in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne that year, but a slide displayed by an Uber data scientist at Northwestern University Tuesday suggests Uber is planning service for many other cities, including London, Delhi, Paris, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, Santiago, Bogota, and Sao Paolo.

For each city, the scientists are plumbing data on point-to-point travel for different modes of transportation, said Zhuyun Gu, a data scientist for Uber Elevate, comparing those data to Uber’s own trip data and modeling the results over different time spans in the future.

“We’re able to construct very detailed Uber Air itineraries,” Gu said. “And by combining different sources together we’re able to simulate the future for air trips (and) compare and assess different cities to see how juicy different markets are. And we’re able to construct the candidate locations for those sky ports in different cities, and ultimately this is what will empower us to select our markets.” " by Jeff McMahon contributor for @Forbes

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