Uber to work with NASA on flying taxi management systems

Uber to work with NASA on flying taxi management systems

Uber to work with NASA on flying taxi management systems

"Technology will allow LA residents to literally fly over the city's historically bad traffic, giving them time back to use in far more productive ways, whether more leisure time with friends and family or more time to work", he added. Because if you're going to have people flying to work, you're gonna need some stoplights in the sky or something.

Combining Uber's technological development with NASA's expertise in air space and simulation environments will "make this happen as fast as possible", Holden told Bloomberg.

A man hails an Uber in London.

Uber hopes the fleet will be a well-established before the Olympic Games in the Los Angeles in 2028.

Uber said it aims to launch its project in three cities by 2020 - Los Angeles, Dubai, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

In interviews with the U.S. media overnight, including Bloomberg, Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, confirmed the ride-hailing company had signed an agreement to work with NASA on "unmanned traffic management" systems.

Uber has been involved with regulatory issues around the world over its app-based ride-sharing service, and is hoping to avoid similar problems over its air plans.

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He said: "Los Angeles has always been a place where innovators come to build new ideas that can change how we live our lives".

In 2019, the recommendations developed by NASA and its partners will be shared with the Federal Aviation Administration, which will determine how they should be integrated into existing air traffic systems. "Our target, and this is ambitious but I think it's very achievable, is to make this less expensive than driving your own vehicle", Holden said.

Uber contends its analysis estimates that an all-electric, 200 miles per hour ride across the skies of Los Angeles will be price-competitive with an uberX trip of the same distance.

Not content to flood city streets with self-driving vehicles, tech company Uber is now looking to the sky as well.

Earlier this year, the firm hired two NASA veterans to run its aircraft vehicle design team and its air traffic management software program.

Now, the contract with NASA will help figure out how various aircraft, including drones, and possibly flying taxis, can coexist safely over urban areas.

No word on whether Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is under consideration as a name for the flying cars.

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