Uber announced on Tuesday that it has sold off its flying taxi service, Uber Elevate to a California-based Joby Aviation company that already makes electric VTOL aircraft so it is acquiring Uber’s aerial ride-hailing division.
The partnership will allow the startup access to Uber’s app infrastructure and vice versa, essentially integrating their respective ground and air apps — once Joby’s aircraft are FAA certified. That is expected to happen within the next few years and could be completed as soon as 2023.
“We were proud to partner with Uber Elevate last year and we’re even prouder to be welcoming them into the Joby team today,” Joby Aviation founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt said in a Tuesday release.
“This deal allows us to deepen our partnership with Joby, the clear leader in this field, to accelerate the path to market for these technologies. We’re excited for their transformational mobility solution to become available to the millions of customers who rely on our platform,” Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, added.
There were no many details about the transaction but Joby did announce that Uber intends to “invest a further $75 million in Joby as part of a broader transaction… and an expanded partnership between the two parent companies.” Uber had initially invested $50 million in the company.