NASA, Uber are serious about bringing flying taxis to cities by 2023

Cesar Mills
November 9, 2017

Uber Technologies advanced its vision of a network of flying cars by signing an agreement with NASA on how to safely manage the futuristic systems. The agreement with the space agency aims to develop traffic management systems for unmanned aerial vehicles. When the service is in full swing, he anticipates that "tens of thousands" of flights will be performed each day across the city.

On stage in Lisbon, Uber's Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden showed off the first teaser video for one of Uber's flying auto concept designs.

The ride-hailing firm first unveiled its ambitious plans for a flying-car project a year ago, as part of Uber's effort to transform the transportation industry.

Holden also announced that Los Angeles had been added to the list of test cities with Dallas-Fort Worth and along with Dubai.

Most notably, the aircraft and the supporting infrastructure envisioned by the company does not exist yet. It expects to offer rides in the flying taxis for prices comparable to its UberX service.

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A special effects video the company released on Twitter showed how the technology would work, portraying a woman hailing an uberAIR and then riding an elevator to the roof of a tall building to catch her flying ride.

UberAir differs from UberChopper, a helicopter service the company has in the past offered during events such as the Coachella music festival, or during summertime for trips between New York City and the Hamptons. Uber isn't the only company toying with such technology - a number of other companies, including startup AeroMobil, are also developing airborne vehicles. "LA is the ideal testing ground for this new technology and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years".

On Wednesday, Uber and NASA announced a partnership to combine their two projects, with a goal in mind: to get flying Ubers in the air and safe for passengers in time for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CNBC reports.

New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said that he wants to focus on the core business, which wouldn't seem to include managing flying cars. Engadget reports that the new service could take an hour and a half LA drive down to under 30 minutes.

Other reports by GizPress

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