Uber Partners With NASA to Help Develop Flying Taxis

NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project

Since then, Uber Elevate has been working on plans to bring a flying taxi service to Dallas-Fort Worth and Dubai.

The company is not intending to build any flying taxis itself but has previously announced partnerships with five aircraft manufacturers to lead the development and manufacturing of the necessary VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft.

In the midst of its many scandals, Uber is moving ahead with its flying auto project, known as Elevate.

Earlier this week, driverless auto competitor Waymo - a project of Google's parent company Alphabet - announced that it has launched autonomous vehicles without backup humans on board, the first time that had been done. After her order code is scanned in her cell phone, she gets into an Uber flying taxi, a plane-helicopter hybrid aircraft with fixed wings and tilt prop-rotors.

As for pricing, Uber claims hailing a flying cab won't cost any more than hailing a grounded one. Per hour they can cover a distance of 321 km.

But really, we're not complaining.

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The electric aircraft will carry four passengers and travel at 320km/h, he said, which would cut a 40 kilometre journey, roughly the distance from central London to Luton, to a few minutes.

"These are exactly the kind of partners we need to make uberAIR a reality", Holden said of NASA.

We view helping to solve this problem as core to our mission and our commitment to our rider base. It quotes Holden as calling it one of the most congested cities in the world today.

Who doesn't like the idea of that? Moore was formerly NASA's chief technologist for on-demand mobility, so the agreement with NASA will likely have been the end result of conversations that started months ago.

We've all been waiting since The Jetsons for flying cars, but despite the occasional hype of startup after startup, we're still driving around firmly in contact with the pavement. What kind of marketing ploy is this? "I think 2020 is realistic for a vehicle that is not replacing an airplane but replacing a auto", Richard Pat Anderson, director of the Flight Research Center at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, told Wired at the time.

"Imagine if you get up in the morning and go on a six-minute flight, versus an hour in a auto and wasting time", Holden said.

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