It's not a flying car--but Uber Copter is launching next month, and it's about the closest you'll get in 2019.

The service is exactly what it sounds like: Uber will begin offering on-demand helicopter rides in New York City to top-tier members of its Uber Rewards program on July 9, according to The New York Times.

The ride-hailing giant is launching the new service with a single route between Lower Manhattan and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Driving between those locations can take two hours or more, depending on traffic. Uber projects the flight time will be eight minutes. Like the company's standard ride-hailing service, Uber Copter will operate with dynamic pricing, with an average ride costing between $200 and $250.

"Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right," Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, told the Times. "The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles." Fast Company reported on Wednesday that Uber is currently hiring in New York City to build out its air operations facility.

Uber first announced its aerial ride-sharing division, called Uber Elevate, in 2017--and made a bold claim later that year that it would launch air taxis in Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. According to the company's website, it now expects to implement those plans by 2023.

Published on: Jun 6, 2019