Uber is on track to deliver its aerial rideshare vehicle by 2023. The main manufacturing partner of the company, Bell Helicopter already unveiled a full-scale model in Las Vegas. The aircraft called Nexus is exhibited at Consumer Electronics Show.
Uber plans to test the flying vehicles by 2020 and to launch a full commercial service by 2023. Along with Bell Helicopter, other partners in the project include Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences, Pipistrel, Embraer, Mooney and Karem aircraft. However, Bell is the first to publically debut a model.
Uber is also working with several property developers and local governments to ensure a shared network of skyports around cities.
Cadillac to launch Tesla competitor
Cadillac has announced plans to sell an electric SUV below the price range of Tesla’s Model X, which currently sells at around $100,000. However, Cadillac’s new model won’t hit the market until 2021, when all of its new models have had their chance.
According to the Cadillac President Steve Carlisle the new vehicle will retail at the same price point as gasoline-powered models, which usually start around $50,000. According to Carlisle, automakers have match prices of gasoline vehicles, otherwise, they won’t be able to meet the volume at a time when the whole industry is going electric.
During the same announcement, Cadillac also presented its new XT6 model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Baidu announces Apollo Enterprise
Baidu has made several announcements regarding its open-source autonomous vehicle platform Apollo at CES in Las Vegas. The company launched Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put in mass production. According to the Chinese search engine giant, the program has 130 partners, including latest Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors with plans to deploy AV by 2021.
Apollo Enterprise will also include solutions for highway driving, autonomous parking, fully autonomous mini-bus, intelligent map data service and DuerOS (Baidu’s voice assistant). Baidu plans to launch 100 robo-taxis with the company’s V2X technology that will enable them to communicate with roads and traffic lights.