Uber unveils flying taxi prototype at Elevate summit
Having held the Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles this week, the company further revealed plans to develop and deploy its own air taxi network by 2023.
During the conference, Uber unveiled its prototype for the air taxis. Set to be powered by fuel, these taxis will be cheaper, quieter and more efficient to run than traditional modes of airborne transport.
Known as UberAIR, the travel solution will work similarly to Uber’s existing automotive ride hailing service, where users will be able to request an air taxi to appropriate locations that have been referred to as skyports.
The service is forecast to begin in 2023 in Los Angeles and Dallas, whilst the company will now also look for a third city to deploy the service in at launch, having opened up a competition for international cities to compete in the way of secure this after the firm had retracted from its aim of testing in Dubai in 2020.
With Uber looking to leverage the expertise of a number of aerospace engineers in creating its network of flying taxis, the company announced at the summit that it had signed a new agreement with Karem Aircraft to develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing capabilities (eVTOL).
The air taxis are expected to reach speeds of up to 200mph, travelling up to 60 miles off a single charge.
Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.