In 2018, we decided that it was not the right time for A2B Shuttle to take flight. We believe in the opportunity conceptually, but the economics do not yet support a price point that is low enough to be compelling for a large market. Electric aviation may very well be the unlock — the world just needs some more breakthroughs in battery technology to bring that to fruition.
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Adam and Kieran
a2b shuttle is shortening your commute from Oakland to Palo Alto by making friends with the Oakland tower. Our peeps up there will ensure that you fly without making any unnecessary turns.
Turning is so old school.
A great bit of press on a company that is satisfying a need much like the Bay Area. Dear GTA (Greater Toronto Area)… a2b shuttle is coming! We are coming to help sort out all the bottlenecks, from Oshawa to Hamilton, or anywhere on the horseshoe to Niagara. Great job David Nissan – we look forward to working with you!
Ok, so that’s a bit of a stretch.
But we can take solace that this news about tolls won’t fix the traffic problem overnight. (And whether it can generate a cash pile big enough to tackle the problem in a systemic way. )
While our band aid methodology of a conveyor belt of commuter aircraft in the sky is not optimal, it has been shown to work. Like a damn good band aid. And when the future sky is darkened with the eVTOL flavor du jour, we’ll be ready with our people (yes, even pilots!) infrastructure, regulatory authority and a business that can make it work, churn a modest profit and get people to and from Palo Alto in a sane way for a bit more than the vanpool you just endured.
Another dated but great post from Engadget: You are not George Jetson.
Nor should you be, since odds are you don’t have time to figure out the rules, airspace and all the pesky licensing that keeps you from running into things. But so long as you are climbing into an aerial taxi, or scheduled shuttle, you’ll need some type of FAA authorization. And we’re working on that now since traffic hurts today. While our Grand Caravan or Twin Otter isn’t terribly sexy, they can be effective aerial conveyor belts.
Someday though, if Airbus and Uber have their way, it might look like this:
A good article about the reality TNCs (Travel Network Companies, such as Uber, Lyft, etc.) Cities know that you can’t control what you can’t measure, and if you don’t share where your cars are (and how empty they are) then yeah…. you could be part of the problem. So who is going to allow the flying taxis to do it for hire? Oh right… we are.
Ever wonder what what boarding a gondola and a smart air taxi have in common? Pretty much everything, minus the seat belts.
Traffic: It’s like your arteries getting clogged, but for the first time, each day.
This youtube link found on reddit is entertaining and sad, all at the same time. For those who live in the Bay Area, know that we exist to fix this problem. Oh.. and this is currently 2 years old.