Katie Thomson, chair of the firm’s Transportation Industry Group, was quoted regarding the legal and regulatory issues surrounding on-demand flying cars in the article, “Uber Unveils Ambitious Vision For Network Of On-Demand Flying Cars,” published by Forbes on October 27, 2016.
“The technological aspects of a driverless passenger plane are much easier to tackle than the operational/integration aspects,” Thomson said. “As a general matter, the public is willing to accept less risk when it comes to flying than they tend to be when they are using surface transportation.”
She sees three significant hurdles ahead if Uber moves forward with its on-demand air transportation plan. These include creating a workable air traffic control system and airworthiness standards for such vehicles; managing noise issues; and the need for Uber to meet a federal “economic fitness review” to be authorized to operate as a new air carrier.