Uber signs deal with NASA to develop flying taxis by 2020

Uber flying car VTOL

This is how Uber envisages its flying cars. Uber

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.

Unveiling an artist's impression of the sleek, futuristic electric aircraft at a technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, the ride-hailing app announced it had struck a deal with NASA to develop new air traffic control software that could help it manage the thousands of aircraft flying over cities.

Today, Holden said Uber is still looking to start testing flying taxi services by 2020, first Los Angeles, and then in the Dallas-Fort Worth area-both of which are home to worldwide airports.

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The flying taxi project could drastically reduce trip times by avoiding traffic while remaining relatively low-priced.

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".

He said: "Los Angeles has always been a place where innovators come to build new ideas that can change how we live our lives". Uber previously announced cities Dallas, Texas and Dubai as other partner cities.

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The ride-hailing company announced Wednesday it wants to bring airborne taxi service to the city by 2020.

And Uber still needs to get approval from regulatory agencies, like the Federal Aviation Administration.

Flying cars in Los Angeles won't just be something dreamed up by Hollywood movie studios if Uber has its way. "Our target, and this is ambitious but I think it's very achievable, is to make this less expensive than driving your own auto", Holden said. "NASA is very focused on getting [uncrewed traffic management] adoption and pressure-testing the framework and make sure it works correctly", Holden said in an interview, as reported by The Verge.

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Now, the contract with NASA will help figure out how various aircraft, including drones, and possibly flying taxis, can coexist safely over urban areas. Engadget reports that the new service could take an hour and a half LA drive down to under 30 minutes. At the time, Moore predicted flying cars in the skies within one to three years.

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