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Flying cars are a science fiction staple and an ubiquitous sign of the “future.” While we are no closer to having freeways in the sky than we were 16 years ago, some still believe we can make it happen. Like Uber.

The ride sharing company released a lengthy report describing their plan to make flying cars a reality. They deem it “on-demand urban air transportation.” Uber is hoping to create a network of autonomous, electric cars that go from land to sky at speeds of up to 200 mph… and it wants to do it by 2026.

“On-demand aviation has the potential to radically improve urban mobility, giving people back time lost in their daily commutes,” the company states in its report. “Uber is close to the commute pain that citizens in cities around the world feel. We view helping to solve this problem as core to our mission and our commitment to our rider base. Just as skyscrapers allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground.”

While flying cars sound great in theory, it’s easier said than done. Cost, infrastructure, and government oversight can make or break a brand new industry, especially when no one knows just how long it will take for companies to make, test, and guarantee the safety of those automobiles. Then there is the greatest issue: will people actually ride in them? Do we have enough pioneers who will risk their lives to say they rode a flying car first?

Uber thinks it can convince the public (America and worldwide) that this is truly the way of the future. If governments and tech companies are both on board, the only way we can go is up. Uber would of course be working alongside governments and tech companies that have the expertise and experience in aviation and automobiles, thus making this project a team effort and something many will want to see come to fruition.

Interested in more detail about Uber’s vision and how it plans to accomplish this feat? Check out their 98-page report here.

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Martin Ackerman is a freelance writer and current editor originally from Staten Island, NY. His university schooling focused on English education and Japanese. He has a (not so secret) passion for art history and political science. When he isn't writing or editing you can find him at sci-tech conventions, building the latest LEGO city or pampering his cat, Tea. You can follow him on Twitter @MarMackerman.