Uber joins forces with NASA to develop flying taxis

NASA is working with Uber on its flying taxi project

Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Uber chief product officer Jeff Holden said the vehicles could carry four passengers and fly at a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

Holden also mentioned that Uber recently entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA to help turn their flying-taxi vision of the future into a reality. In its 2016 documents describing the program, Uber said the elevated planes would be able to go from San Francisco's Marina to downtown San Jose in about 15 minutes, a commute that would typically take two hours by vehicle.

The video shows that a ride in UberAir from Los Angeles International Airport to the downtown Staples Center, which typically takes an hour and 20 minutes on the road, only takes 27 minutes in the sky.

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"Imagine if you get up in the morning and go on a six-minute flight, versus an hour in a auto and wasting time", Holden said. As the name suggests, Elevate is Uber's flying auto taxi service, which Holden first hinted at back in September of 2016. The plan was to bring this service to Dallas - Fort Worth and Dubai. Uber has already inked a partnership with real estate developer Hillwood for the first series of launch sites.

To pull this off, The Verge reports that the company is investing in developing a custom electric "VTOL"-that stands for vertical take-off and landing-aircraft, which we haven't even seen so much as a prototype of yet".

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. The vehicles themselves, if all goes according to plan, will be pilot-less, fly at low altitude, and be able to lift off and land vertically. "Doing this safely and efficiently is going to require a foundational change in airspace management technologies", said Uber chief product officer, Jeff Holden. Instead, the company has partnered with a number of other manufacturers, including Boeing-owned Aurora and Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to piece the equipment together.

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To hack it aloft, Uber is teaming up with the space agency on a range of projects to prevent catastrophic mid-air above dense urban areas.

"UberAir will be performing far more flights on a daily basis than it has ever been done before".

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