Flying cars will be zipping across U.S. skies within the coming decade — at least that’s what Uber Technologies Inc.’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi predicts.
“There will be people flying around Dallas, Texas,” Khosrowshahi said at the DLD tech conference in Munich, his first public appearance in Europe since taking over the top job at Uber last year. “I think it’s going to happen within the next ten years.”
Back down on the ground, the Uber CEO cited congested cities as one of the issues his company can help solve, for example by increasing the number of electric vehicles. Fully autonomous taxis are still 10 to 15 years away, however, because of the effort needed to create 3D maps and since sensors are still too expensive, he said.
Uber plans to expand to more cities in Germany this year, but will do so more carefully and in dialog with governments, companies and the local taxi industry after it entered the market too aggressively, he said.
“We are now going from growth at all costs to responsible growth,” Khosrowshahi said, as local taxi drivers demonstrated outside, whistling in protest over the competition from the U.S. startup. Uber’s corporate culture crisis last year was so great that Khosrowshahi didn’t need to convince anyone that change was needed when he came in, he said. Now, Uber is committed to doing “the right thing, period.”
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