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Uber will be working with Bell Helicopter as a collaborator to accelerate the eventual 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.

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Among other projects, Bell is exploring new opportunities in the future of air transportation with electric and hybrid VTOL aircraft.

VTOL Network
Uber plans to operate a network through which electric VTOL vehicles in numerous cities worldwide will provide transportation and delivery logistics services.

Urban Operations
Bell Helicopter plans to develop technologies that will lead to aircraft that satisfy short distance urban operations. Bell’s initial propulsion technology focus is expected to be hybrid electric with an eventual goal of fully electric.

Advanced Software
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.

Michael Thacker

Michael Thacker

EVP, Technology and Innovation

Michael is responsible for leading Bell Helicopter’s core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing and integrating technologies for use in Bell Helicopter’s current and next generation products.

Scott Drennan

Scott Drennan

Director, Innovation

Scott is proud to carry on Bell Helicopter’s rich tradition of innovation as a leader in the innovation community.  The new Innovation team’s mission is to depart from past practices and principles and radically innovate technologies and aircraft configurations in order to change the way the world flies.


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More Resources

Uber Elevate Website
Learn more about Uber's vision for urban air transportation

Uber Elevate Summit
Explore the agenda for the Uber Elevate Summit.

Uber Elevate Whitepaper
Download the technical whitepaper.

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