Uber has had plans to expand its services above ground level for some time now.
The company is quite serious about this, as the third annual Elevate Summit in Washington DC demonstrated.
Leaders at Uber, including leaders from Elevate, Advanced Technologies Group, and UberEats met in Washington DC to discuss many things the company is working on. Uber has many ambitious ideas right now, including a global taxi fleet, air-transported food deliveries, and urban planning that would facilitate such ideas. Uber is doing many different things to realize its ambitions, including partnering up with the companies that can help them.
Uber announced on Tuesday that the ride-hailing service will be teaming up with AT&T in connecting different ride options, and they plan to use AT&T’s 5G network down the line. AT&T is far from being the only company Uber is currently trying to woo, as they are bringing in Jaunt Air Mobility as a manufacturing partner. Uber was already working with several other companies on their electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing Vehicles (eVTOL), including Boeing and Bell.
Uber has also been going through something of a shakeup in recent weeks. Last Friday saw Uber’s COO and CMO resign in what was seen as a consolidation of power around CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Uber’s stock is still struggling after its IPO proved to be disappointing, and the company is not yet profitable, but Uber is still moving forward on its ambitious plans for the future.