Arup’s design for Uber’s planned uberAir skyport has been revealed among six shorlisted proposals.
The new conceptual designs mark the first stage in Uber’s plan to create infrastructure for high-volume operations of uberAir networks around the world.
Uber said the six concept designs showed a high degree of realism and technical feasibility.
Finalists include: Pickard Chilton working with Arup, Gannett Fleming, Boka Powell, Humphreys & Partners Architects, Corgan, and The Beck Group.
The skyports are designed to support landing and take-off at a busy, high-volume location such as a stadium or concert hall. As part of the concept, the ports are required to support transport of more than 4,000 passengers per hour within a 1.2ha footprint and must meet noise and environmental requirements.
The designs also needed to ensure the 100% electric “eVtols” (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft) were able to recharge between trips with minimal impact to nearby communities.
“While uberAIR might feel like a far away dream, it’s closer than you think and urban infrastructure has to start to evolve now to keep up,” said Uber head of design for advanced programs and aviation John Badalamenti. “We’re excited to have collaborated with leading firms to imagine how physical Skyports would work at scale and how we can best design spaces that are quiet, environmentally conscious and create natural pockets of activity for the transportation of the future.”