Since the world we are now living in is very much not the future we all dreamed of, NASA is teaming up with Uber to try to at least make a sliver of our flying-car dreams come true.
The company also announced that it will launch its flying vehicle service UberAIR in Los Angeles in 2020 - just a year later than Blade Runner predicted. Holden now said that the company is adding Los Angeles among the cities they plan to elevate from nightmarish traffic.
Uber claims customers will be able to beat the traffic and slash travel times at prices not too dissimilar to its vehicle service service. It is no wonder then, that Elon Musk's Boring Company chose L.A.as their first location to dig traffic-bypassing tunnels.
Uber will work with NASA, the US' National Aeronautics and Space Administration, on systems to safely manage and control autonomous flying taxi routes.
Uber has teamed up with NASA to design a traffic management system for when the service is rolled out.
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NASA, which is yet to comment on the partnership, has previously announced it was working with a variety of companies to develop urban air mobility. "Uber is actually trying to put this new air traffic system into production".
Uber will work with NASA to make sure the vehicles are safe to fly at a low altitude.
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. Alongside the announcement, Uber also published a marketing video showing out its vision for the flying taxi service. Airbus has been working on CityAirbus, developing a VTOL taxi for a 2018 test flight.
"We are in the earliest stages of learning about this technology and how it might impact our communities, and look forward to continuing the discussion in the coming months and years", he said.
As Elevate's tagline says, flying taxis maybe closer than we think, and Uber is making sure of this. And it said earlier this year it teamed up with multiple companies - ranging from aircraft manufacturers to a company that makes electric vehicle chargers - to get the project going. "So lots of good progress there".