Uber partners with Pipistrel Aircraft to manufacture electric VTOLs
Dallas, 25 April 2017

It is our pleasure and honor to inform you that Uber and Pipistrel announced today in Dallas (USA) at Uber Elevate Summita long-term partnership to Manufacture Electric VTOLs.

Background Overview:
Uber has signed a partnership with Pipistrel Aircraft producer for large-scale deployment of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicles (VTOLs) in order to fulfill its mission of providing a safe, reliable transportation service to everyone, everywhere. The goal of this partnership is to enable users of a future Uber Elevate Network to request transport with an electric Pipistrel VTOL.

Additional partnership details include:
● Uber plans to operate a network through which electric VTOL vehicles in numerous cities worldwide will provide transportation and delivery logistics services.
● Uber’s and Pipistrel’s joint goal is for initial vehicles to be used in a flight demonstration by 2020.
● Pipistrel will develop aircraft to satisfy short distance urban operations as the basis for the VTOL performance specifications.
● Uber will participate in the development of airspace control software and hardware for the management of Pilot VTOLs on the Elevate Network, and provide interface connectivity with airspace controllers/regulators.

Mr. Ivo Boscarol, the General Manager of Pipistrel group, was the speaker at the event. Jeff Holden, the Chief Product Officer of Uber, introduced Pipistrel and and announced the speech of Ivo Boscarol:

Ivo had an inspiring visionary speech on the future of electric aircraft and aerial mobility in big cities at the event.

»I am proud and excited that Uber recognized our values, expertise and leadership in electric flight. This partnership marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards entirely new ways we travel, not only saving time but also being friendly to the environment.«
said Mr. Boscarol.

»Uber is excited to have Pipistrel working with us and starting to develop VTOLs for Uber Elevate. Pipistrel is the only company in the world that builds and sells electric aircraft today. With brand new factory to increase their capacity, they are a valued partner in making Uber’s VTOL network a reality.«
Mark Moore, Director of Engineering for Aviation.

Ivo Boscarol with Mr. Travis Kalanick, UBER CEO & Founder

More about the Uber Elevate Summit you can find at:
https://www.uber.com/info/elevate/summit/

All about the UBER Elevate program you can learn if you download the White Paper:
https://www.uber.com/elevate.pdf

Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer of Uber, during his opening speech

Ivo Boscarol had a very picturesque presentation

Dr. Tine Tomažič, Director of R&D Institute at Pipistrel, participated at “eVTOL Developer Concepts and Technologies” Panel  with a very interesting and entertaining speech. You can listen to it here:
https://youtu.be/eb7omNOUCA8?t=2512

Dr. Tine Tomažič during his speech

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Uber sklenil partnerstvo s Pipistrelom za izdelavo električnega VTOL plovila

Dallas, 25 April 2017

V čast in veselje nam je oznaniti novico, da sta Uber in Pipistrel danes v Dallasu (ZDA) na dogodku Uber Elevate Summitobjavila sklenitev dolgoročnega sporazuma o sodelovanju na področju izdelave električnih VTOL letal.

Uber je podpisal partnersko pogodbo s Pipistrelom za obsežni razvoj električnih plovil VTOL (»Vertical Take Off and Landing« – zračna plovila z navpičnim vzletanjem in pristajanjem) z namenom izpolniti svoje poslanstvo – zagotoviti varen in zanesljiv prevoz vsem svojim strankam, ne glede na to, kje se nahajajo. Cilj partnerstva je uporabnikom bodočega omrežja »Uber Elevate Network« omogočiti hiter in enostaven prevoz po naročilu s Pipistrelovim VTOL plovilom.

Dodatne podrobnosti partnerstva vključujejo:
● Uber načrtuje v številnih velemestih vzpostaviti stalno delujoča omrežja električnih VTOL plovil za osebni transport in dostavo.
● Skupni cilj podjetij Uber in Pipistrel je, da bi prva demonstracijska plovila poletela do leta 2020.
● Pipistrel bo razvil letala za krajše razdalje znotraj mestnega prometa na podlagi specifikacij zmogljivosti VTOL.
● Uber bo sodeloval pri razvoju programske in strojne opreme za nadzor zračnega prostora in upravljanje VTOL plovil znotraj mreže »Elevate Network« ter zagotovil vmesnik, ki bo omogočal povezavo s kontrolorji zračnega prostora.

Ivo Boscarol, generalni direktor skupine Pipistrel, je bil eden od govorcev na dogodku. Jeff Holden, produktni vodja pri Uber-ju, je predstavil Pipistrel in napovedal Boscarolov govor:

Ivo Boscarol je imel vizionarski govor o prihodnosti električnih letal in mobilnosti v velikih mestih:

»Ponosen in navdušen sem, da je Uber prepoznal naše znanje, izkušnje in vodilni položaj na področju električnega letalstva. To partnerstvo označuje začetek zanimive poti proti popolnoma novim načinom potovanja, ki uporabnikom ne bodo prihranili samo časa, temveč bodo predvsem prijaznejši do okolja«, pravi Ivo.

»Pri Uber-ju smo navdušeni, da lahko delamo skupaj s Pipistrelom in da bomo začeli z razvijanjem VTOL plovil za Uber Elevate. Pipistrel je edino podjetje na svetu, ki dandanes serijsko izdeluje in prodala električna letala. Z novo tovarno, ki bo povečala njihove proizvodne zmogljivosti, so pomemben partner, ki bo omogočil, da Uberjeva mreža VTOL plovil postane realnost.«
Mark Moore, direktor letalskega inženiringa UBER

Travis Kalanick, direktor in ustanovitelj podjetja UBER, skupaj z Ivom Boscarolom.

Več informacij o dogodku Uber Elevate Summit:
https://www.uber.com/info/elevate/summit/

Vse o programu Uber Elevate lahko najdete v “Beli knjigi”, ki je na voljo na naslovu:
https://www.uber.com/elevate.pdf

Jeff Holden med uvodnim govorom

Ivo Boscarol je imel zelo slikovito prezentacijo

Dr. Tine Tomažič, direktor Pipistrelovega inštrituta za razvoj in raziskave je imel na srečanju z imenom “eVTOL Developer Concepts and Technologies” zelo zanimiv in zabaven govor. Ogledate si ga lahko tukaj:
https://youtu.be/eb7omNOUCA8?t=2512

Dr. Tine Tomažič med svojim govorom

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