Uber Partners With NASA to Bring Flying Cars to LA by 2020

09 November, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • A man exits the Uber offices in Queens New York U.S

Uber dominates the streets and the company hopes to tackle the sky with flying taxis tested by 2020-and they signed a partnership with NASA to do so.

Mr Holden said: "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".

For Los Angeles - one of the world's most congested cities - it also makes a world of sense, especially in light of the city's hosting of the 2028 Olympic Games.

Ride-hailing service Uber has announced plans for a flying taxi that could provide relief from road congestion for the commuters of the future.

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

And, unlike Uber's pricey helicopter service, the rides will be relatively affordable compared with other air travel options (Uber expects fares to be comparable to those of its on-the-ground ride-hailing options).


Alex Comisar, Garcetti's press secretary, said discussions with the company operating the technology in the city are in the preliminary stages.

And Uber still needs to get approval from regulatory agencies, like the Federal Aviation Administration. Uber doesn't think so.

According to Uber's CPO Jeff Holden, the flying taxis will attain speeds in excess of 320km/h and carry up to four people, cutting journey times across major cities. "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.

Uber plans to develop the software to manage the flying taxi network with the vehicles to be built primarily by Pipistrel Aircraft.

Earlier this year, the firm hired two NASA veterans to run its aircraft vehicle design team and its air traffic management software program. Engadget reports that the new service could take an hour and a half LA drive down to under 30 minutes.

The idea of flying cars isn't new, of course, but has been very slow to catch on - much slower than past generations had imagined.

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