NASA And Uber Announce Flying Taxi Partnership

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Uber plans to use flying cars as (possibly autonomous) taxis that will zip around picking up and dropping off passengers like aerial versions of today's Uber cars, so coordination will definitely be required.

In its presentation, Uber showed how a 16-mile ride in an Uber vehicle from Los Angeles International Airport to the Staples Center downtown would usually take about an hour and 20 minutes. The cost of owning a auto can be incredibly burdensome depending on your circumstances, so it's good that we're thinking of ideas on how to make it easier for people to get around, and at a reasonable cost.

While testing will begin in 2020, Uber wants its flying taxi service to be as normal and affordable as ordering an UberX by 2023. In addition to Los Angeles, Uber is working to launch similar tests in Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai. Uber is already collaborating with NASA on an existing project that could lead to a "next-generation air traffic control system", but the details and timeline of that project, as well as if state and federal officials will adopt the recommendations, are still big, open questions. Uber is securing the various resources to make the project happen and these include; partnerships with aircraft manufacturers for vehicles, and real estate companies for VTOL sites, and with the likes of NASA for navigation and traffic planning.

This is the start-up's first partnership with a US federal government agency.

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Uber envisions a fleet of electric jet-powered vehicles - part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing aircraft - running multiple small rotors capable of both vertical takeoff and landing and rapid horizontal flight. Since cars in LA spend most of their time idling angrily in traffic, an all-electric taxi zipping through the sky is a huge decrease in pollution for the same results.

Uber wants demonstration machines flying in Los Angeles by 2020. The two will be creating a traffic system for the proposed low-altitude aviation service.

"UberAir will be performing far more flights over cities on a daily basis than has ever been done before". The company also needs to develop a charger for the Uber Elevate Network so has partnered with ChargePoint. "Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies", Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said in a statement, obtained by CNBC, on Wednesday.

As if this endorsement by the renowned space agency wasn't enough, Uber has also been hiring ex-NASA veterans to help actually develop the aircraft it plans to take to market.

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