UberChopper Launches in Las Vegas During CES

January 8, 2016

12:30 pm

The future of consumer electronics has been on display and plastered across almost every publication this week as a result of CES. From human-sized drones that carry people to super fast concept electric cars, we’ve seen a lot of interesting things that will be in our lives over within the next few years.

However, one thing that tends to be missing from these stories is about the city housing the event: Las Vegas. Uber on the other hand is making sure that CES is not just self contained, but also an opportunity to get a bird’s-eye view of the changes happening amidst the booming desert oasis. Through tomorrow night, CES attendees will have a new option on their Uber app that allows them to take a helicopter tour of the city.

“Uber is thrilled to be in Nevada in time to seamlessly move conference attendees, visitors and residents throughout Las Vegas during CES,” said Jason Raddison, General Manager for Uber Nevada. “Our partnership with Maverick Helicopters provides riders with another great way to move safely, reliably and affordably throughout the city, while enjoying one of the most beautiful views the Strip has to offer.”

The tours will be priced at $99, and include a ride to the Maverick Helicopters’ terminal. Unfortunately they can’t land the chopper on the strip for you, at least not until that huge autonomous quadcopter hits the mass market. The chopper ride will take passengers into the Vegas night on a 12-15 minute tour and can fit up to seven guests per ride.

“Maverick Helicopters is proud to be at the forefront of the UberCHOPPER services in Las Vegas,” said Bryan Kroten, Vice President of Marketing at Maverick Helicopters. “We look forward to witnessing the success of this unique offer and the possibility of a long-term partnership with the world’s most popular ride sharing tech service.”

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Elliot is an award winning journalist deeply ingrained in the startup world and is often digging into emerging technology and data. When not writing, he's likely either running or training for a triathlon. You can contact him by email at elliot(@)elliotvolkman.com or follow him on Twitter @thejournalizer.

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