NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Auto ride-sharing service Uber said in a 97-page white paper released on Thursday that it wants to launch an aircraft ride-sharing service as early as 2026, Reuters reported.
The service would eventually be "unmanned" and would work through a mobile app. The aircrafts would take off and land vertically to use up less space and could be ready in five years.
Planes already have an autopilot feature and Uber will have back-up pilots at first so they don't seem too different, noted CNBC's Jon Fortt on Friday morning's "Squawk Alley."
"I'm not getting on a plane with a bunch of people and nobody knows how to fly it if something goes wrong," he added.
"There's so many steps that have to happen between now and unmanned aircraft," noted CNBC's Kayla Tausche.
"You don't dispute the improvement in AI as a regulator of traffic, right? You've got to spend more time with [Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk]" CNBC's Carl Quintanilla said with a smile.
"That's great and all but when I hit turbulence with two pilots in the cockpit now I get nervous. Forget about unmanned," Fortt said.