Flying cars get Uber boost from research pact with NASA

Flying cars get Uber boost from research pact with NASA

Flying cars get Uber boost from research pact with NASA

It faces competition from other companies that are working to launch flying taxi services like Airbus, Boeing, and Kitty Hawk, which is backed by Google founder Larry Page.

"These vehicles will actually start out as piloted", Goel said, referring to Uber's plans for flying taxis, adding they would only be used after close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and after a thorough safety review.

Uber hopes to launch its Uber Air service by 2028.

Elevate, Uber's light aircraft ridesharing project, announced newly established partnerships with government and private industry groups in the interest of developing the service, USA Today reports.

As highlighted in a segment on CBS This Morning, Uber's prototype looks a lot like the concept sketches the company shared publicly previous year.

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"We think cities are going to go vertical in terms of transportation and we want to make that a reality", Dara Khosrowshahi told CBS News.

Uber was scheduled to meet with US transportation and safety officials this week at its second annual Elevate Summit. Like previous ideas, the new concept is an electric aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing (e-VTOL). Uber Elevate will also work with the Army Research Lab on stacked co-rotating propellers for a quieter ride, USA Today reported.

An Uber statement stressed safety, comfort, convenience, and efficiency in the eCRM design and operational system. The aircraft will have a cruising speed between 150 mph to 200 mph, a range of 60 miles per charge, and the ability to recharge in around five minutes during peak hours.

At its research facility at the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, NASA will use the data supplied by Uber to simulate a small passenger-carrying aircraft as it flies through DFW airspace during peak scheduled air traffic. In the near-term, Uber says it will get the cost down to $1.86 per passenger mile before ideally getting to $0.44 per passenger mile. Flying cars give Uber an opportunity to plan optimistically for the future, while its other foray into futuristic vehicles faces significant challenges. "Finally, point of entry into the eCRMs is limited to one side, simplifying ground crew operations and reducing confusion for riders when they approach their eVTOL vehicle".

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