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By 2020, the ride-sharing giant Uber plans to have its first public demonstration of a new mode of transportation that will fly passengers to their destinations. The company has organized a new branch called Uber Elevate and is betting that eVTOLs (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) will become second nature to busy commuters and provide a convenient alternative to wasting hours stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

*Project presented in May of 2018 at the Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles, California.

This project was completed in December of 2017 as part of a sponsored studio course with Uber Advanced Technologies Group at ArtCenter College of Design. I participated in a group of 5 where my main role was vehicle exterior and interior design.

Team members: Geemay Chia, Ajay Menon, Astha Vagadia, Thomas Wibowo

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A Comprehensive Experience

My team of 5 students was asked by the Uber Elevate division to explore a broad scope of what the entire Uber Elevate experience could be in Dubai. This included aspects such as reserving a flight and app design, skyport layout and design, security measures, and aircraft design (exterior and interior).

Aircraft Design

A futuristic form of commuting requires an entirely new mode of transportation. Based in Dubai, our new aircraft design had to consider the needs of the typical Emirati customer and the environment that they so frequently navigate. Aerospace engineering requirements also posed significant constraints such as weight and space. 

Understand the Space

The engineering team required us to keep the interior as small as possible. To understand what we were working with and test theories, we built an accurate, full scale representation complete with seating to better understand the cabin interior.