Uber Elevate by 2020

Uber Elevate by 2020

Uber on Wednesday unveiled a partnership with NASA that will see it develop flying taxis priced competitively with standard Uber journeys.

"We are bringing uberAIR to Los Angeles in no small part because Mayor Garcetti has embraced technology and innovation, making LA a hub for the future". It is reported that NASA is working with other companies to develop low altitude vehicle traffic management - possibly rival air taxi firms and drone / delivery firms. Ride-sharing service Uber wants to change that in a way no one could have predicted 50 years ago.

In April 2017, the company announced plans to launch a flying taxi programme - dubbed UberAIR - in Dubai and Dallas by 2020. The likes of Boeing, Airbus and Uber are getting very serious about putting these things into the sky, the lattermost of which has just formed an agreement with NASA to work out how to manage all that incoming air traffic.

The intra-city vehicles have been given a tentative launch date of 2023 and Uber is joining hands with aviation regulators in the USA and Europe to make the dream a reality by the expected date.

Uber's partnership with NASA marks their first joint venture with a government entity, according to CNBC.

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As if this endorsement by the renowned space agency wasn't enough, Uber has also been hiring ex-NASA veterans to help actually develop the aircraft it plans to take to market.

Uber Elevate said, about this endeavor, that developing infrastructure would be necessary to get their vertical take-off and landing (VTOL), and potentially autonomous, flying cars to operate seamlessly.

The first demonstration flights are expected in 2020, moving into commercial operations by 2023, with plenty of time for the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. And even more awesome is that the technology could eventually get advanced enough for them to fly themselves.

In his statement this week he added that, "UberAir will be performing far more flights over cities on a daily basis than has ever been done before".

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

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