If 2017 was about the idea of electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft and 2018 the vision of urban skies filled with thousands of air taxis, then the 2019 Uber Elevate Summit was all about the practicalities of developing these vehicles and enabling that future. The slick event, held in Washington in June, highlighted the progress made since Uber published its seminal Elevate white paper in October 2016. But it also underlined the significant challenges that remain to be overcome ...

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