Uber signs new pact with NASA on 'flying car'

  • Uber signs new pact with NASA on 'flying car'

Uber signs new pact with NASA on 'flying car'

Under this agreement, Uber will share its plans for implementing an urban aviation rideshare network, NASA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Embraer's design is a lift-and-cruise aircraft concept; Pipistrel's design is blended wing body without any visible rotors for vertical lift; and Karem Aircraft's Butterfly concept is a quad tiltrotor aircraft. If one rotor fails, the others will continue to operate for a safe landing.

Uber aviation program head said that the starting fair of flying taxi could be near about Rs 256 which is now equal to UberX service.

According to the sources, UBER is having plans for the demonstration flights in 2020 and is announcing commercial availability of the vehicles around 2023.

Utilizing the knowledge of NASA engineers, Uber claims it can get the program up and running quickly.

NASA says this agreement represents the first to primarily hone in on urban air mobility operations. When the Olympics come to Los Angeles in 2028, Uber expects to have hundreds, if not thousands, of its aircraft in the skies. At last year's annual company conference, Uber said Dallas and Los Angeles would be its first launch cities in the United States.

Uber said it had reopened its selection process to include other cities which fit more of its criteria for showcasing how flying taxis can help to relieve urban congestion.

As in the case of the Elevate collaboration, NASA and Uber's main concern for the UAM project is that the small aircraft is safely incorporated into busy air traffic.

It's understandable that Uber would want to focus on something new and innovative, like an air taxi, as they try and put all the drama of their Kalanick years behind them.

With a host of connectivity technologies, including wifi, artificial intelligence, video calling, and wireless charging, the vehicle has been described by its creators as a cross between a traditional helicopter, a light aircraft and a passenger-carrying drone.

Known as UberAIR, the travel solution will work similarly to Uber's existing automotive ride hailing service, where users will be able to request an air taxi to appropriate locations that have been referred to as skyports.