Flying cars? Uber teams with NASA for 'Uber Elevate'

10 November, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Uber has struck a deal with NASA to develop software for 'flying taxi' routes in the air by 2020

Having recently announced plans to start testing its flying taxi service in Dubai and Dallas in 2020, Uber has also now added Los Angeles to that list.

Uber on Wednesday unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys.

Customers could hail a flying taxi much in the same way they would with an Uber auto: via smartphone.

The price of flight across Los Angeles, with 200-mph speed and VTOL technology, would be "price competitive" with Uber's auto service, but much faster, Uber said. Jeff Holden said that the plan would get finished by 20120 in Los Angeles.

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Uber likes to call them "unmanned aerial systems", or UAS.

The version of Uber Air revealed today is really a flying ride-sharing service.

The ride-hailing firm announced that Dallas / Fort Worth and Los Angeles will be the first cities served by UberAir, which it says will begin ferrying passengers across the region in electric aircraft in 2020. The likes of Boeing, Airbus and Uber are getting very serious about putting these things into the sky, the lattermost of which has just formed an agreement with NASA to work out how to manage all that incoming air traffic.

It is now stepping up its efforts to make the project a reality. Dallas-Fort Worth wants to be the first metropolitan area in the USA to explore a flying auto pilot and Uber has already partnered with Hillwood Properties in the region.

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"To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3-D, which means either flying cars or tunnels". Uber is also hoping to have commercial operations ready in time for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles. They will fly at a low altitude. Instead, the company has partnered with a number of other manufacturers, including Boeing-owned Aurora and Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to piece the equipment together. Uber's on-demand aviation service needs NASA, not for the vehicle tech, but for navigation and traffic system planning development, reports CNBC.

To hack it aloft, Uber is teaming up with the space agency on a range of projects to prevent catastrophic mid-air above dense urban areas.

Uber plans to make vertical take-off and landing vehicles, which will allow their flying cars to take off and land vertically.

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